Age, genetics, and trauma can change the appearance and function of the nose. Nasal surgery in the form of septoplasty can address problems with the nasal airway and breathing; treat a deviated septum (partition which divides the nose into two nostrils). Septoplasty surgery is commonly performed for functional issues (such as breathing problems), and is often combined with rhinoplasty (surgery to reshape the external nose). Regardless of your reason(s) for surgery, Dr. Fishmanstrives for a beautiful and natural nose that breathes well and harmonizes beautifully with your facial features.
Dr. Fishman performs septoplasty via internal (inside the nose) incisions. After you are asleep and comfortable, Dr. Fishman uses the appropriate incisions to remove and reshape the cartilage and bony structures of the septum and treat septal deviations to improve breathing.
Dr. Fishman will discuss her anesthesia preferences with you during your consult. Depending on the complexity of the case, your health, and the need for cartilage grafting, Dr. Fishman will select local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.
You may consider nose surgery if you have trouble breathing through the nose, have had nasal trauma, broken noses, or previous nose surgery, or want to improve the appearance of your nose. You may be a good candidate for nose surgery if you are in good health and have realistic, mature expectations of surgery.
This depends on the complexity of the case and the need for cartilage harvesting. Dr. Fishman usually finishes septoplasty in 45 minutes to an hour, and usually completes combination septoplasty and rhinoplasty nose surgeries in over 2-3 hours, with most complex cases requiring 4 hours.
All incisions leave scars, though with septoplasty surgery, incisions are hidden inside the nose and are difficult to see. While scars never disappear, they fade significantly over time.
Most patients complain of a sore or a bruised sensation after nose surgery, and frequently report congestion. These symptoms resolve over several days-weeks after surgery. Strong oral pain medication is frequently employed for the first 1-4 days after surgery.
Dr. Fishman performs revision septoplasty and rhinoplasty both for her own patients and those having undergone nose surgery elsewhere. Dr. Fishman is a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon trained in Ear, Nose, and Throat–Head and Neck Surgery, and her experience allows her to take on some of the most challenging nose revision cases.
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