During cosmetic rhinoplasty consultation, functional concerns are commonly discussed. Septoplasty, repair of nasal valve collapse, and turbinate reduction are functional nose procedures performed by our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Chiu, to help correct obstructive breathing, while addressing cosmetic issues. If a patient has a deviated septum, then a septoplasty is often the appropriate next step. After meeting with the patient in a private consultation at Today's Cosmetic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Chiu may propose to reestablish and improve the nasal airway by correcting the crooked passageway and/or strengthening your nasal valves/sides of the nose. After cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty, patients can expect to experience not only cosmetic improvements but also easier breathing.
The best candidates for septoplasty surgery:
- Have a deviated or crooked septum caused by genetics, birth defect, previous nose surgery, or trauma
- Have breathing or snoring issues
- Desire a long-term solution
- Desire a natural look
"I’ve had nothing but great experiences at Today’s Cosmetic Surgey. Dr. Chiu and Sara are professional, compassionate, and experts at what they do. I have been getting Juvederm injections in my lips there for almost 2 years. My lips ALWAYS look amazing, natural, and just the right amount of full. I was very nervous when I went in for my first time because there are so many horror stories of lip injections. However, my lips have exceeded my expectations every time and Dr. Chiu is truly an artist. I would recommend him to anyone!"- C.P. / Google / Nov 19, 2017
"Dr. Chiu is gifted, knowledgeable and experienced. I try to refer anyone to him who is considering any cosmetic procedure bc I've seen his results and the results of those who have received services from other professionals. I always think to myself "if only they went to Dr. Chiu." His goal is to keep his patients looking natural and refreshed and I believe he succeeds at this each time!! Sara, his wife, works at his office and is so wonderful and friendly! I will be a life long patient of Dr. Chiu!"- E.H. / Yelp / Jun 29, 2018
"If you want a doctor who will look at you and be honest on what you need but then honest at what you don’t need, this is your guy. He is amazing and a complete professional. I had filler put in my nose 2 times (a year apart) and a little bit in my lips. They look and feel fabulous! I am so happy with the results and I would recommend Dr Chiu to anyone and everyone. His wife, Sara works with him in the office and she is such a sweetheart and a pleasure to deal with. A wonderful comforting environment. Go see Dr Chiu!"- H.F. / Google / May 31, 2018
"Dr. Chiu and Sarah are professionally exceptional! My experience with them both has been excellent, and I have only the utmost gratitude and respect for them."- D.M. / Yelp / May 22, 2018
"Absolutely the best!"- C. / Healthgrades / May 12, 2018
What to Expect
Septoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure and can be performed under general anesthesia, twilight sedation, or local anesthesia. This surgery requires no external incisions since our plastic surgeon will lift and separate the tissue that covers the septum. This allows our surgeon clear access to the various nasal structures. The damaged structures will be reshaped, while not affecting the overall shape of the nose. The internal incisions will be stitched closed afterward. The surgical procedure lasts typically between 1 – 1.5 hours. Septoplasty and/or turbinate reductioncan also be combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery if functional issues need to be addressed.
Following septoplasty surgery, there’s little pain, discomfort, swelling, or bruising. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a week. The patient should notice improved breathing soon after the surgery, which should continue to improve in the weeks and months following surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
Improve Your Breathing
Breathing freely and sleeping well without nasal blockage should be natural occurrences. Unfortunately, a deviated or crooked septum can prevent proper airflow, which can have unwanted consequences. With a successful septoplasty, patients can breathe normally. To learn more about this surgery, give us a call today to set up a consultation.