Nose Surgery for a Deviated Septum
Many of us do not have a perfectly straight septum. For some people, the crookedness of the nasal septum is severe and leads to breathing difficulty and other problems.
In Northern Virginia, experienced rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Daria Hamrah can perform nose surgery to straighten your deviated septum, creating nasal passages of equal size.
What is a Deviated Septum?
The septum in your nose is a wall separating your nasal passages. A septum is composed of cartilage near the tip of your nose and bone further up your nose. With a perfectly aligned septum, each nasal passage will have an opening and passageway equal in size to the other one. With a deviated septum, one nasal passage is partly blocked, which can lead to:
- Breathing problems
- Loud nighttime breathing
- Runny nose
- Sinus infections
For the most part, a deviated septum is caused by some kind of nose trauma or injury. You may have also been born with the deviation. Dr. Hamrah can diagnose whether you have a deviated septum during a physical exam.
Correcting a Deviated Septum
There are a variety of ways to manage your symptoms, including decongestants and nasal sprays to prevent a runny nose. These can have mixed results and may be effective in alleviating symptoms; however, the only way to correct a deviated septum is with surgery.
This type of surgery is called “septoplasty,” but many people use the term rhinoplasty when talking about it. Rhinoplasty often accompanies septoplasty, because many patients also want to improve the shape and appearance of their nose. Dr. Hamrah is experienced in septoplasty, as well as open and closed rhinoplasty.
Although a deviated septum does not typically change the appearance of your nose, you may wish to change some aspect of your nose appearance since you are undergoing nose surgery anyway. Dr. Hamrah can perform rhinoplasty to improve your nose:
Dr. Hamrah can help you achieve improved nasal function and appearance.
In Northern Virginia, rhinoplasty and septoplasty is performed by dual board-certified surgeon Dr. Daria Hamrah. Please contact NOVA SurgiCare, PC to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamrah.