The septum is the dividing structure between the left and right nasal passages. Made from cartilage and bone, the septum should be centered in the nose structure, allowing air flow through both nostrils. If the septum is damaged or deformed, it may shift to one side or the other, impacting breathing and the appearance of the nose. This condition is called a deviated septum, which often requires surgery (septoplasty) to repair. At Back Bay Plastic Surgery, we perform deviated septum surgery at our surgical center in Boston, MA.
Deviated septum issues can be caused by a variety of events. Some people may be born with a deviated septum – you may not even know that you have a deviated septum if it is a mild case. Trauma to the nose can cause a deviated septum, often a result of a broken nose injury. Patients who had a previous nose surgery can also be at risk for a deviated septum as a complication.
Patients with a deviated septum can have a blockage in the airway. This can restrict breathing, especially when sleeping. It is common for patients with this condition to have sleep disorders such as snoring or sleep apnea, as well as sinus problems. The position of the septum can also cause a cosmetic nose deformity.
Septoplasty in Boston, MA
If you have a deviated septum and need septoplasty, Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio is an excellent choice for your procedure. Dr. Del Vecchio is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience creating outstanding outcomes for his patients. Dr. Del Vecchio can perform deviated septum repair to restore the function of the nose, but he can also reshape the nose for a more balanced and attractive appearance. Septoplasty and rhinoplasty can be performed at the same time if you desire an improved nose shape.
Deviated septum surgery can be performed using minimally invasive techniques and may only require a few days of recovery. If you are unhappy with your nose form or function due to a deviated septum, contact our team at Back Bay Plastic Surgery. We can schedule a septoplasty consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio at our facility in Boston, MA.