During the procedure, we will start with anesthesia. This could be performed in a surgery center, a hospital’s operating room, or now even in our in-office surgical suite. After you are numb and comfortable, I begin the procedure by making an incision inside your nose which will not be seen by you or others.
Next, I gently lift the delicate septal mucosa out of the way so I may reshape the cartilage and bone underneath.
In most cases, I remove sections of the cartilage or bone to make it easier to reshape the nasal anatomy. I then restore the mucosa to its proper position and usually use a dissolvable suture to close the incision. This procedure is considered “functional” and not “cosmetic” since it restores proper nasal function and is not designed or intended to change the outward appearance of the nose.
We may also use splints and/or packing inside the nose to strengthen and maintain these changes. Every nose is a little different, so whether we use these solutions will depend greatly on how deviated your septum is and what it will take to correct your nose. The whole surgical procedure usually takes 15-30 minutes.
Because you will be under a sedation type of anesthesia, we do require you to have someone drive you to and from the surgery.