A deviated septum is not a laughing matter, no matter how weird the noises you make when you snore. And it is not something to take lightly, because it is more than just an annoyance. Even if your nose doesn’t look “out of joint” from a deviated septum, breathing difficulties can lead to very serious health problems. Nasal valve surgery, called septoplasty, can repair a deviated septum, and that can be a life-changer.
Although patients typically seek a rhinoplasty procedure for only nose reshaping, the results of a recent study suggest that a rhinoplasty (a nose job) may also make patients look younger. For prospective patients like you, this means that a rhinoplasty procedure can improve the shape of your nose, increase the attractiveness of your facial proportions, and help you fight signs of aging.
“Like congestion from an allergy or cold, some people might view all nasal breathing problems as temporary—some are, many require specialized surgery.” As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ENT (Otolarnyngologist) dedicated to long-term results, Dr. Raval wants prospective patients with persistent breathing difficulty to be informed: “There many nasal-specific causes, but few adequately trained surgeons that a patient can identify to help solve the problem and improve their life.” One of the most common causes is from a phenomenon many people have never heard of; the nasal valve.
From their past procedures, your situation and needs may resemble those you have seen in online “before and after” galleries. Through consultation, you can gain greater access to similar patient outcomes through patient references. Ask your doctor to see similar surgical results from their own before and after portfolio and to have a list of patients you can contact. One or two contacts may not be a good sign, but the longer list is not always better because you really want a patient portfolio and reference list relevant to your procedure.
Patients and surgeons contribute time and effort to a personalized procedure, expecting the best-possible result in return. Nasal surgery is much like an investment partnership. That's how asking for an estimate helps you see what this “procedural partnership” will require.
If a doctor’s certifications, trainings, and honors impress you, you will want to ask during your rhinoplasty consultation how long they have performed rhinoplasty procedures. Don’t assume that a greater more years or patients always means a better the procedure, healing process, and outcome. The best outcomes result from consistent practice. For rhinoplasty—the most complex, popular, and misunderstood of facial surgeries—a consistent practice is one in which the surgeon values each surgery, evaluates each outcome, and learns from each patient.
You’ve made the decision to get a septoplasty. Goodbye, deviated septum! What a relief to know that, soon, you’ll be able to breathe normally, through your nose! No more snuffling, snoring, headaches, or other daily challenges that only someone else with a deviated septum can truly understand.
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Unhappy with the appearance of your nose, yet concerned about Rhinoplasty surgery, risks, recovery time and cost? Going under the knife is a huge decision and you need a significant amount of downtime to recover. Consider a non-surgical option when thinking about minor changes to the nose!