What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct a deviated septum, a condition where the nasal septum, the thin wall of cartilage and bone that separates the two nostrils, is not straight. This misalignment can lead to a variety of issues, including nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, snoring, and sleep disturbances. In this article, we will explore the ins and outs of septoplasty, the benefits it offers, the ideal candidates, the recovery process, and why The Spiegel Center is an excellent choice for this procedure.

What are the Benefits of Septoplasty?

  • Improved Breathing: The most significant benefit of septoplasty is enhanced nasal breathing. By straightening the septum and opening up the nasal passages, patients experience increased airflow and relief from chronic congestion.
  • Better Sleep: Many individuals with a deviated septum suffer from snoring and sleep disturbances. Septoplasty can alleviate these issues, resulting in more restful and uninterrupted sleep.

  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Easier breathing can improve overall quality of life. Patients no longer have to struggle with daily congestion and can participate in activities without the limitations imposed by nasal obstruction.
  • Reduced Risk of Sinus Infections: A deviated septum can make the sinuses more susceptible to infection due to poor drainage. Septoplasty can help reduce the risk of chronic sinusitis and related complications.

The Procedure

1. Anesthesia

Patients are typically put under general or local anesthesia, depending on the severity of the deviation.

2. Incision

Dr. Spiegel will make an incision inside the nostril, ensuring that no external scarring is visible.

3. Repositioning

The deviated portions of the septum are repositioned, usually by removing excess cartilage or bone.

4. Stabilization

To maintain the corrected position, internal splints or sutures may be used.

5. Closure

The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.

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Who is a Candidate for Septoplasty?

Candidates for septoplasty often exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Chronic Nasal Congestion: Difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils, regardless of environmental factors like allergies or colds.
  • Snoring or Sleep Apnea: Noisy or disruptive snoring that affects the individual and their sleeping partner.
  • Difficulty Breathing: A persistent sensation of nasal obstruction, particularly when exercising or during physical activity.
  • Chronic Sinus Infections: Frequent sinusitis or sinus-related issues due to poor drainage caused by the deviated septum.
  • Prior Trauma: Individuals who have experienced nasal injuries, such as a broken nose, which led to a deviated septum.

What to Expect During Recovery

Recovery from septoplasty is generally straightforward, and most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days to a week. Here is what you can expect during the recovery process:

Nasal Packing 

In some cases, Dr. Spiegel may place dissolvable nasal packing to support the healing process and reduce the risk of bleeding. This may cause temporary discomfort and difficulty breathing through the nose.

Swelling & Bruising

Mild swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose are common. These typically subside within a week.


Pain and discomfort are generally mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications as prescribed by Dr. Spiegel.

Restricted Activities

For the first few days, patients should avoid strenuous activities and refrain from blowing their nose. It's important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Spiegel to ensure proper healing.

Follow-Up Appointments

Patients will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Spiegel to monitor healing and remove any internal splints or packing.

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Why Choose The Spiegel Center For Septoplasty?

Led by Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, our center offers specialized expertise, personalized care, state-of-the-art facilities, and a proven track record. You can trust us to provide an exceptional patient experience, ensuring your septoplasty is a success, improving your nasal function, and enhancing your quality of life.

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