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A deviated septum is a condition where the wall between the two nostrils becomes crooked, resulting in breathing issues for the patient. There can be multiple causes for this troubling condition, including genetics, injuries, or trauma. While Rhinoplasty procedures are often relied on as a means of addressing breathing issues, they are primarily cosmetic procedures. Septoplasty is the only treatment available that primarily focuses on correcting a deviated septum and correcting breathing problems. 

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What is a Septoplasty?

A septoplasty is a surgical procedure that is specifically designed to address a deviated septum. The septum is a structure in the nose that is composed of cartilage and bone. It sits in the nasal cavity and separates the two nostrils. When a septum becomes crooked (deviated), it can lead to breathing issues, snoring, and other unwanted conditions. Septoplasty works by straightening out the crooked septum, facilitating better airflow and a major reduction in breathing issues. 

There are various reasons that patients undergo a Septoplasty in Austin. Some patients have a deviated septum at birth, and others develop it later in life due to some form of trauma. Beyond breathing issues, other challenges that afflict these individuals include frequent nosebleeds, snoring, and sleep apnea. 

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Does Dr. Givens take insurance for a Septoplasty?

No, Dr. Givens does not take insurance for a septoplasty procedure. At Givens Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer diverse financing options, including Alphaeon Credit, to make healthcare accessible. Our staff is dedicated to assisting patients in finding affordable solutions. We believe quality care should be within reach for everyone, and we strive to provide a seamless financing process.

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What are the Benefits of a Septoplasty?

  • Addresses breathing issues that are caused by a deviated septum
  • Reduces a patient's snoring, enabling them to sleep better
  • Improves sinus drainage 
  • Decrease chronic sinus issues

Who is a Candidate for a Septoplasty?

A Septoplasty is ideal for patients who:

  • Have a deviated septum, which makes it difficult for them to breathe 
  • Are struggling with excessive snoring, which is resulting in sleep issues
  • Are in good overall health 
  • Are nonsmokers 

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During your Austin septoplasty consultation, patients will have the opportunity to go over their: 

  • Surgical goals
  • Current or previous medical conditions
  • How the procedure can improve nasal breathing
  • What to expect during recovery
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What is the Procedure Like?

While a Septoplasty is often lumped in with rhinoplasty, the two procedures are quite different. While both procedures involve making changes to the cartilage and bone of the nose, the primary goal of Septoplasty is to straighten out the septum. Septoplasty procedures are carried out exclusively under general anesthesia.

A Septoplasty procedure takes place entirely inside the patient's nose. An incision (cut) is created on one side of the patient's nose, and then the mucosa (a thin membrane that serves as a cover and protection for the septum) is lifted. This enables the surgeon to fully reshape the septum's bone and cartilage.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

Patients who undergo a Septoplasty procedure are usually able to go back to work or school a week after the procedure. It usually takes about 2 weeks for them to fully get back to their regular routine. However, this will vary depending on the type of work the patient does and the extent of their Septoplasty procedure. Patients will have to come in for follow-up visits for the next 3 to 4 months following their treatment. 

Why Choose Dr. Givens?

As an alumni of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Dr. Victoria Givens prides herself on her immense knowledge in the world of surgery. A specialist in both cosmetic and functional surgeries, she utilizes her expertise to curate personalized treatment plans that address her clients’ issues and bring them closer to their ideal look. With her comprehensive Septoplasty procedure, she has enabled countless patients to live more fulfilling lives. Reach out to us today to set up a private consultation

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