Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects nasal airway obstruction, a condition that is typically caused by septal deviation. When a person has normal, unobstructed breathing, the cartilage of the septum is straight and balanced. For some people, either due to trauma or from birth, the cartilage gets damaged and becomes asymmetrical. Throughout the growth pattern, this septal deviation increasingly affects the nasal airway and breathing. Septoplasty is a procedure that corrects this deviation by reshaping the nasal cartilage and bone. It can be performed under local or general anesthesia.
Some health insurance policies may cover a procedure to resolve nasal/breathing obstruction. Ask your health insurance provider for more details.
The turbinals are thin, curved shells of bone covered in a mucous membrane, which resides in the nasal cavity. Enlargement of the turbinals can cause nasal obstruction. This obstruction can be inherent or occur after rhinoplasty. By surgically reducing the bone and mucosa of these structures, the obstruction in breathing can be resolved.
Cartilage Grafting (Widening Airway/Nostrils)
Spreader grafts are used in nose surgery to correct nasal obstruction. This procedure may be indicated if the nasal cartilage is weak, causing it to collapse. In other cases, the nasal cavity is narrow or asymmetrical. These problems can be inherent, age-related, or caused by surgical alteration. A spreader graft can be placed on one or both sides of the nose to widen the airway. A graft of cartilage and skin is placed in the deficient area of the nasal valve
To learn more about surgical procedures to correct breathing problems, contact the office of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Andre Aboolian M.D. at (310) 888-8862 today.