Functional Nose Surgery
Many people commonly consider nasal surgery only to correct problems with the appearance of their nose. However, often nasal surgery can also dramatically improve the function of the nose. This is considered functional rhinoplasty, or septoplasty. When breathing is difficult, patients are affected throughout the course of their daily activities. For people who are unable to move air through their nose and are obligate mouth breathers, common activities like sleeping, exercise, and eating can become problematic.
Dr. Kevin Brenner provides septoplasty in Beverly Hills, a great solution for patients suffering from medical issues such as difficulty breathing.
Reasons For Corrective Nose Surgery
Other medical issues that can arise include:
- Pressure in the nose or sinuses
- Facial pain
- Dry mouth
- Postnasal drip
- Difficulty breathing while participating in sports
- Snoring and loud breathing during sleep
The three most common nasal airway issues, that are surgically correctable include:
- Deviated Septum
- Enlarged Turbinates
- Internal Nasal Valve Collapse
Dr. Brenner's functional rhinoplasty brings about successful breathing correction, as well as an effective handling for the above-mentioned conditions. In addition, he provides revision rhinoplasty for people who have already undergone nose surgery but who didn't obtain the results they desired the first time around. Read on to learn more about septoplasty and how it works.
What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty, also known as functional rhinoplasty or corrective nose surgery, is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the thin wall of cartilage and bone dividing the nostrils. It is typically done endonasally, meaning there are no incisions placed on the outside of the nose. This avoids any external scarring.
Septal deviation and its treatment
Septal deviation is a common reason for nasal airway obstruction. It occurs when the center divider between nostrils, or the septum, is situated more to one side than the other. Septal deviation can be present at birth or it can be caused by a traumatic injury to the nose. Injury is the most common reason for a deviated septum, although some patients will develop septal deviation over time without any previous injury. Septal deviation can be problematic to many patients, interfering with their nasal breathing which impacts physical activity.
Patients typically complain that their breathing is more difficult during exercise or sleep and that they, therefore, must breathe through their mouths. Snoring is also a related symptom.
Dr. Brenner performs corrective nose surgery in Beverly Hills at his certified surgical center. This facility maintains a full complement of surgical and recovery staff and complies with all requirements of government certification agencies.
How It's Done
During septoplasty, incisions are placed within the nose in the nasal mucosa, which is the outermost membrane within the nostrils. Dr. Brenner then uses specialized instruments to trim or straighten the septum and replaces the mucosa back over the septum. Severely deviated segments of bone and cartilage are commonly removed in order to open up the airway.
Dr. Brenner sees many patients seeking functional rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills at his practice. Some patients have long term breathing restrictions that have remained undetected until they come in for their initial consultation. Others are well aware of their breathing difficulties because of symptoms that can include dry mouth, sinus pressure, and difficulty sleeping.
Recovering from functional rhinoplasty
Following their breathing correction procedure, patients will be monitored in the recovery suite until they are fully alert and able to be discharged. There will be a gauze bandage secured under the nose to collect the fluid that will drain for the first 24 to 36 hours. This will need to be changed frequently and patients are instructed in the procedure. It is advisable to keep the head elevated for the first few days, even when sleeping. This will help with swelling. There may be swelling in the cheeks or around the nose for a few days but the use of cold packs will minimize this. Be sure to finish any prescribed antibiotics or other medications to avoid infection.
His experience as a double board-certified plastic and general surgeon enables him to improve virtually any septum-related issue, which will in turn greatly improve the quality of life. Restricted breathing is not only annoying, but it is also a health issue that can contribute to more serious problems if left untreated.
Please call today to book your initial consultation with Dr. Brenner. Restore your ability to take a deep breath, play sports and sleep soundly.
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