Nasal surgery to correct breathing problems can make a big difference in your life. Dr. Grant has the experience to address most breathing issues, but the most common problems are:
- A deviated septum – off-center cartilage and bone within the nose that restricts breathing. The procedure that corrects a deviated septum is called septoplasty.
- Nasal valve collapse restricts breathing and sometimes causes snoring. Nasal valve correction surgery can open or expand the nasal valve.
- Turbinate reduction or turbinoplasty reduces the turbinates, which are structures on the inside walls of the nose. They can become swollen, usually due to allergies, and obstruct airflow.
At Cascade Facial Surgery, Dr. Jonathan Grant treats every patient as a unique individual. No two noses are the same, so no two nose surgeries should be the same. Your surgical plan is designed specifically to improve your breathing within the parameters of sound and safe medical practices. Dr. Grant’s training and experience as a reconstructive facial surgeon especially comes into play during nose surgery.
If you wish to also change the look of your nose, cosmetic rhinoplasty can be done simultaneously with nasal surgery for breathing problems.
Who is a Candidate for Nasal Surgery for Breathing Problems?
Candidates for nasal surgery are those who have consistent breathing problems. Dr. Grant can treat both children and adults. The first step, of course, is to examine the patient and properly diagnose the problem.
Understanding the Nasal Surgery Procedure
Nasal surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that is performed using IV anesthetic and sedation, but some patients may require general anesthesia. You will be able to go home on the same day as your surgery.
In the case of septoplasty, the septum must be reshaped so that it no longer restricts breathing.
Turbinate reduction involves removing a portion of the turbinates to make them smaller so that they no longer obstruct breathing when swollen.
Nasal valve correction usually involves removing cartilage from one portion of the nose and using it to rebuild or expand the structure of the collapsed nasal valve.
The incisions are generally placed on the underside of the nose across the columella, the skin that separates the nostrils. The scar is not very noticeable, and it fades and flattens over time.
Recovering From Nasal Surgery
You can expect to need a week to two weeks off from work after nose surgery. A small splint is usually taped on the outside of your nose as it heals. In most cases, the nostrils do not have to be packed, although it is necessary for some patients. Please avoid sports and exercise for four to six weeks.
After all surgeries, there is some pain and swelling. Following nasal surgery, your nose might feel stuffy for a few days, and there could be some bleeding from the nostrils. Some patients also experience some mild bruising. These symptoms are to be expected.
You can take pain medication, and we will give you instructions how to take care of your nose during this time. It is important to avoid blowing your nose, and you will need to sleep on your back for a period of time. Sleeping upright or with your head elevated for the first few nights will help to keep swelling to a minimum.
Note that swelling is the last symptom to resolve. Be patient as you will notice the improvement in your breathing after the initial healing period.