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
"Less is more - We all get it at a certain age — the “L” between the eyebrows, the narrowing of the lips, the wrinkles in the forehead. For me, these are all signs of a life lived — laughing, crying, thinking and aging. But, there is also a time where you start to be asked if you are tired, when you simply aren’t. I feared getting “work” done because I never wanted to erase the signs of life or look unnatura..."- L. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2017
"I've never had anything but great experiences at Today's Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Chiu is an artist and has never disappointed. I've been getting Juvederm injections in my lips from him for almost 2 years. My lips always look natural, full, and beautiful. I love going to Today's Cosmetic Surgery and I would recommend them to anyone. *I have attached pictures that I took a few hours after a procedure, so they are still a little swollen."- K.P. / Yelp / Nov 27, 2017
"Dr. Chiu and his staff are absolutely the best! I have never been treated with such kindness! In addition, Dr. Chiu will not settle for anything less than perfection. I wanted a rhinoplasty for years, and I am so happy that I waited until I found Dr. Chiu to have it done!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 28, 2017
"Very professional & gentle. He has an amazing eye for aesthetics. His work is more conservative so the result is very natural looking which I like. Sarah is wonderful. I won't trust my face to anyone else."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 24, 2017
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.