Septoplasty is the surgical procedure performed to correct the shape of the septum. The septum is the partition that divides the nostrils. The septum has two major functions: support the nose and the mucous membranes of the nose and regulate airflow into the nasal cavity. A septoplasty is often needed when a patient is undergoing a reductive rhinoplasty (reducing the size of the nose). More common however, a septoplasty is performed to correct a deviated septum, ensuring better airflow into the nose. A septoplasty is done in an outpatient setting and takes approximately one hour. Recovery symptoms are similar to that of a cold, patients complain of stuffiness. This will lessen as the tissue heals and swelling decreases. Full recovery is expected in approximately seven days.
Turbinate Reduction is a conservative procedure done under local anesthesia to improve breathing. During this procedure the enlarged turbinates are targeted using a laser. The laser trim the turbinates to ensure better breathing. Sometimes, Turbinate Reduction is paired with a septoplasty for optimum results. Turbinate Reduction does not require down time, patients generally return to regular activities the next day.