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
"Doctor Chiu has helped both my mom and I and he is hands down the BEST!!! We highly recommend him."- G.D. / Google / Nov 05, 2018
"I had a perfect experience with rhinoplasty from Dr. Chiu. The results were very conservative and natural, exactly as I wanted. I am living with the best possible outcome of a surgery that can be very risky as far as results. Not to mention, the recovery post-surgery was much easier than expected: no bruising, no pain, and just a few days off to recover from the anesthesia. I would recommend anyone interested in getting a nose job to see Dr. Chiu first! Detailed examples, great advice. Thrilled!"- H. / Healthgrades / Oct 03, 2018
"Perfection! - At age 65 I had enough of the droopy upper eyelids! The right was even worse then the left. Consulted my local doctors and was told that I was a good candidate for blepharoplasty. I was warned by my personal physician of the recovery and how I would look right after the procedure with bruising, swelling, etc... Dr. Chiu was recommended as one of the best for the LEAST amount of pain, etc......"- P. / RealSelf / Aug 09, 2018
"Amazing natural results! Dr. Chiu practices with precision and perfection. A perfect balance between art and science. Would not trust anyone else with the same level of confidence."- V.V. / Yelp / Jul 17, 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.