Breathe Easy Again With Septoplasty in Houston

Breathing comfortably through your nose is something that’s easy to take for granted. However, when that airway gets disrupted, it can quickly become quite unpleasant and frustrating. One of the most common obstacles to breathing smoothly through the nose is a condition called a deviated septum, which occurs when the thin wall separating the nostrils is crooked. This condition hampers nasal airflow and can cause various other discomforts, including headaches and facial pain. To remedy this common problem, Dr. Angela Sturm offers an effective surgical procedure called septoplasty.

What Is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty in Houston is a surgical procedure performed to improve breathing ability by straightening a deviated septum and widening the nasal airways. Dr. Sturm is extremely experienced when it comes to nasal surgeries, and over time, she has been able to perfect her septoplasty technique to ensure that it results in the smoothest, most comfortable possible breathing through the nose. During the septoplasty procedure, she uses precision to carefully straighten the bones and cartilage of the septum, ensuring that any obstructions are removed from the airways. In some cases, she may need to remove small sections of bone and/or cartilage from the septum to fully open up the breathing passages. Typically, septoplasty is performed as a “closed” procedure that does not require any incisions; instead, the adjustments to the septum are made through the nostrils.

Benefits of Septoplasty

Septoplasty can be a very beneficial procedure for individuals who are dealing with breathing problems. The surgery can offer some or all of the following benefits:

  • Smoother, more comfortable breathing through the nose
  • Reduced facial discomfort
  • Reduced headaches
  • Reduced postnasal drip
  • Reduced snoring
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced need to breathe through the mouth
  • A more comfortable day-to-day life
  • Improved breathing during exercise
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Septoplasty in Houston?

If you’re having trouble breathing comfortably through your nose due to a deviated septum, you could be a good candidate for septoplasty. Many individuals who seek out the procedure are experiencing unpleasant symptoms such as facial pain, headaches, postnasal drip, snoring, and trouble sleeping through the night.

Ideal candidates for septoplasty in Houston should be in good physical health and not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. When you sit down for your consultation with Dr. Sturm, she’ll ask you about your current health, medical history, and any medications you’re taking to help you determine if the procedure fits your situation.

What Is the Recovery Like After Septoplasty?

Most patients need around one week of rest after undergoing septoplasty. After the procedure, you’ll experience some swelling and soreness inside the nose, but these symptoms should start to subside in a week or so. Most patients do not have visible bruising or swelling unless they have a rhinoplasty at the same time.  To reduce your swelling and speed up the healing process, you can do the following:

  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Take light walks regularly
  • Apply a cold pack to the treatment area periodically
  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Wait at least four to six weeks before participating in strenuous exercise
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What Is Septal Perforation Repair?

Another procedure performed by Dr. Sturm to improve nasal breathing is septal perforation repair. A septal perforation is a hole in the septum that can cause a stuffy nose, nosebleeds, a runny nose, and a whistling sound while breathing. To repair this issue, Dr. Sturm reconstructs three layers of the septum and moves mucosa from above and below the perforation to seal the hole. She then places a matrix between the two sides to ensure that the hole heals properly. Septal perforation repair is a very complex procedure that should only be performed by a skilled and experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon with specialized training in nasal surgery like Dr. Sturm.

Why Choose Dr. Angela Sturm for Your Septoplasty in Houston?

Your ability to breathe comfortably should not be taken lightly, which is why it’s imperative that your Houston septoplasty is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Angela Sturm is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and one of the most highly regarded facial plastic surgeons in the Houston area. Throughout her illustrious career, she has frequently been recognized for excellence in her field. For example, she has been named a “Top Doc” by publications like Houstonia Magazine and H Texas Magazine. She was also named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly. She and her team will ensure that your septoplasty goes smoothly and provides you with the superb results you deserve. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sturm, simply call our office or fill out an online contact form today.

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FAQ Septoplasty

What type of anesthesia is used for septoplasty?

When will I start to notice results?

How long does septoplasty take?

Can I combine septoplasty with cosmetic rhinoplasty?

What type of anesthesia is used for septoplasty?

Typically, septoplasty is performed using general anesthesia, which means you will sleep peacefully during the procedure.

When will I start to notice results?

Most patients start to notice significant improvements to their breathing approximately three to four weeks months after surgery. However, it can sometimes take 6 to 9 months for the final results to take effect.

How long does septoplasty take?

The septoplasty procedure usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

Can I combine septoplasty with cosmetic rhinoplasty?

Yes. If you’d like to correct your deviated septum and improve the aesthetics of your nose, you may be able to combine septoplasty with cosmetic rhinoplasty. During your consultation with Dr. Sturm, she’ll discuss your treatment options with you and help you decide the best course of action to achieve your goals.

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