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.