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You deserve to breathe easy—but an issue like a deviated septum can make breathing difficult. If you’ve been experiencing issues like obstructed airways, problematic snoring, or other problems caused by a deviated septum, board-certified surgeon Dr. James Anthony offers San Francisco septoplasty procedures to correct and repair a septum that is deviated or crooked. A septoplasty (functional rhinoplasty) allows patients to breathe more easily and eliminate snoring, in addition to other irritating complications. 

What Causes a Deviated Septum?

There are many different factors that can cause a deviated septum, including:

  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Injury
  • Birth defects
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Outstanding Septoplasty by Dr. Anthony

Dr. Anthony’s vast experience with cosmetic facial procedures, combined with a commitment to state-of-the-art technologies and procedures, has made him one of the most well-respected cosmetic surgeons in the San Francisco area.

He approaches each septoplasty procedure with both a cosmetic and reconstructive aim, working to functionality while also creating an aesthetically appealing facial feature. If you’ve been diagnosed with a deviated septum and are experiencing unpleasant symptoms, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony.

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Dr. Anthony’s Surgical Technique

Septoplasty (functional rhinoplasty) is typically an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia or a lighter form of sedation such as twilight sedation. External incisions are not needed, as Dr. Anthony will lift and separate the tissue that covers the septum, allowing him to view the nasal structures as he re-shapes the damaged structures.

The process can take anywhere from one to two hours to complete, but this varies if the septoplasty is to be combined with another procedure. After the structures are reshaped, the internal incisions are stitched closed.

In some cases, a septoplasty is performed in conjunction with turbinate reduction surgery, which affects proper nasal airflow. The procedure can also be performed in combination with a rhinoplasty surgery to correct cosmetic nasal issues. Given that a deviated septum can also sometimes cause the nose to appear crooked, a patient might also be looking for a more natural look, which can be achieved through a combination of septoplasty and rhinoplasty.

What Can I Expect?

Following a septoplasty procedure, you’ll experience some slight pain, discomfort, swelling, and/or bruising, which subsides over the following week or two. You’ll be able to return to normal daily activity within a week, but should still avoid things like contact sports or activities that require extensive exercise. As the swelling subsides, you’ll experience improved breathing, and the full results of your septoplasty will continue to become visible in the weeks and months following your procedure.

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Restore Your Nose and Breathe Easy

Nobody should have to deal with the hassle of blocked airways or an inability to sleep properly due to snoring. Dr. James Anthony can provide you with a septoplasty procedure that will help you breathe easily so you can enjoy more productive days and relaxing, restful nights. To learn more about our San Francisco septoplasty and how it may be useful to you, contact us today. 

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How Much Does a Septoplasty Procedure Cost?

The price of a septoplasty in San Francisco varies from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the correction required. In some cases, a septoplasty is eligible for at least partial coverage by insurance. We also offer medical financing and payment plans to help make your procedure more affordable.

What’s the Difference Between a Septoplasty and a Rhinoplasty?

The goal of rhinoplasty is to make a cosmetic change to the nose, such as a crooked bridge or oversized nostrils. A septoplasty is a functional surgery, designed to alleviate breathing issues caused by a deviated septum. Although a rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery, it can be performed in conjunction with a septoplasty to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the nose for straighter, more desirable results.

Why Choose a Plastic Surgeon Rather Than an ENT to Perform a Septoplasty?

Dr. Anthony’s expertise with facial cosmetic surgery allows him to deeply understand the importance of both function and aesthetics when it comes to making sure the results are optimal. While an ENT focuses primarily on the functionality of the nose through septoplasty, Dr. Anthony is specially trained to enhance the look and shape of the nose as well, and to enhance it according to your goals with the addition of rhinoplasty techniques. In other words, Dr. Anthony will not only restore your nose to its proper functionality—he will also improve its appearance, at the same time utilizing his artistic skills to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.

Should I Seek Surgical Treatment for a Deviated Septum?

A severely deviated or crooked septum can cause issues like sinusitis and breathing problems. If left untreated, the problems will continue to be persistent. If a deviated septum is blocking one or both nostrils, you may want to consider seeking surgical treatment.

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