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What Is a Deviated Septum?

We often think of facial plastic surgery as a solution to life’s cosmetic challenges, but it can also provide patients with an important way to correct functional issues that may be impeding their overall quality of life. If you’ve been living with a deviated septum, you’re likely experiencing a number of frustrating challenges, including issues with sleeping and difficulty breathing as clearly as you’d like. Septoplasty offers you the ability to enjoy restored functionality and improved quality of life, thanks to the impressive skill offered by our handpicked team of facial plastic surgery specialists. To learn more about what Clevens Face and Body Specialists can do for you, reach out and set up your consultation at our Melbourne, FL, or Merritt Island offices today.

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Offering You a Comprehensive Level of Care

Clevens Face and Body Specialists was built by our founder and medical director Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, who has spent more than 25 years creating impressive surgical outcomes for his patients here in Brevard County, FL. Our practice was founded to expand upon this reputation and offers you a staff of over 30 highly skilled plastic surgery specialists and aesthetics professionals, each one handpicked by Dr. Clevens to meet his tremendously high standards for excellence.

Our surgeons and patient care team will remain available to you at every step of your journey with us, keeping you supported, informed, and relaxed as you get ready to enjoy your incredible results. We’ll ensure that all of your concerns are addressed, and will even remain with you as you make your way through the recovery process, guiding your healing and ensuring that your goals are achieved after your procedure.

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Given that our facial plastic surgery specialists focus exclusively on their specific area of expertise, you’ll have the opportunity to look forward to world-class results. Our surgeons perform an impressively high volume of procedures within their given specialty, so you can experience total peace of mind throughout your journey with us. To get started, reach out to us at our Merritt Island or Melbourne, FL locations and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

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Do I Need Septoplasty Surgery?

While it’s not outwardly visible, your septum is an incredibly important part of your nasal structure and helps you to breathe clearly and enjoy the full functionality of your nasal passages and sinuses.

The septum is a small structure that is made of bone and cartilage, and it runs up and down your nose, length-wise.

In healthy individuals, the septum is straight and functions normally. When the septum becomes crooked, however, this is known as a deviated septum. It can cause a wide range of issues with breathing and airflow, and may even disrupt your ability to sleep peacefully through the night without waking or snoring. A deviated septum can also put patients at elevated risk for recurring sinus infections.

If you’re worried about excessive snoring, are dealing with sleep apnea, or have been having trouble breathing through your nose, septoplasty may very well be a great choice for you. Our facial plastic surgeons have extensive experience and can return your nasal passages and sinuses to their full and healthy functionality, alleviating problems that may be impacting your overall quality of life.

Preparing for Your Procedure A Confidential and Informative Consultation

Every procedure begins with your consultation, which gives us the opportunity to get to know you and your personal goals, so we can tailor your surgical plan directly to your individual needs. Once we’ve learned about the concerns that brought you through our doors, we’ll work with you to explore the various treatment options that are available to you.

You and your doctor will work together to craft a surgical plan that addresses your specific issues, at which point you’ll be presented with a quote and our support team will help you explore the various financing options that are available to you. In some cases, septoplasty can be partially covered by insurance. Many patients choose to make cosmetic improvements at the same time, and these changes won’t be covered by insurance. Finally, we’ll schedule your surgery, in addition to any required pre- or post-operative appointments.

Your surgeon will discuss your procedure with you in thorough detail, explaining the techniques that will be used to create your results, and generally walking you through the process on a step-by-step basis. Our team will also remain available to you throughout the recovery period to ensure that you’re comfortable and healing as expected.

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Enjoying Both Cosmetic and Functional Enhancements

Because Dr. Clevens is so extensively experienced with facial plastic surgery, he's able to offer you cosmetic and functional enhancements by combining your septoplasty procedure with rhinoplasty. In addition to dealing with functional issues, plenty of our patients express a desire to see a nose that better complements their appearance and adds to a sense of facial harmony. Rhinoplasty can accomplish this. We can combine your septoplasty procedure with rhinoplasty, enabling you to achieve a nose that meets your personal cosmetic goals, boosting your sense of self-confidence while simultaneously restoring the function of your nose and sinuses.

Your Septoplasty Procedure

Dr. Clevens performs septoplasty in a fully accredited, state-licensed Ambulatory Surgery Center that meets and exceeds the most stringent guidelines, alongside a physician anesthesiologist so you can enjoy total comfort and safety. Most septoplasty procedures take between one and two hours to complete, but this can vary if your septoplasty is performed alongside another procedure like rhinoplasty.

The incisions made during a septoplasty procedure are placed on the inside of the nose, so this surgery can be accomplished without any concern for visible incision lines once your healing process is complete. Your internal nasal structures will then be re-shaped according to your treatment plan, in a way that restores your full functionality and enables you to breathe clearly once again.

Resting and Recovering After Septoplasty

Once your septoplasty procedure is complete, you can expect some mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising to be present in the treatment area. You’ll be advised to wait up to a full week before you resume your normal daily activities. Extensive exercise and contact sports, along with other strenuous activities that may significantly elevate your heart rate, should be avoided for two to three months as your delicate nasal tissues take time to heal.

Our team will schedule follow-up appointments with you to monitor your healing process, make sure that you’re kept comfortable, and to ensure that you’re healing properly. Our goal is your complete comfort, at every step of the way.

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Your Restorative Results

Many of our patients enjoy a restored quality of life, thanks to their ability to breathe easy once more, and finally enjoy a solid night’s rest without the interruptions that can be caused by sleep apnea or heavy snoring. As your swelling subsides, you’ll notice gradual improvements to the function of your nose and sinuses taking shape over the course of a few months. To learn more about how septoplasty can help you, reach out to us at our Merritt Island or Melbourne, FL offices and set up your consultation with a member of our team.

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