Septoplasty Melbourne – Deviated Nasal Septum Correction


Septal deviation surgery (Septoplasty), is usually part of a nose job. As the name suggests, it can help fix the septum deviation, it can also help correct a crooked nose. Dr Kleid is one of the best septoplasty surgeons in Melbourne, Australia. He offers septal deviation surgery, Alarplasty, as well as, many other nose job techniques to give you the nose you deserve.

If your nose is deviated to one side and always feels stuffed, then you might have nasal septum deviation.

The nasal septum is the inner wall of the nose that separates the right and left nasal cavities. this wall is made of both bone and cartilage.

The septum can become deviated to one side, usually as a result of trauma. This can make your nose look crooked. It can also leave your face looking asymmetrical. Obstruction, stuffiness, nosebleeds, and crusting are also symptoms of a deviated septum.


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What is the Nasal Septum?

The nasal septum is the wall that separates the two inner chambers of your nose. It starts with the outer fleshy part (columnella) which you can see between your nostrils. Then it extends to form a wall cutting in the middle of your nasal cavity.

The outer (anterior) half of the nasal septum is made of cartilage, which is soft flexible tissue (feels like the firm part of your ear).

Whereas, the inner (posterior) half of the nasal septum is made of 2 thin bones called the Ethmoid and Verum bones.

Since the nasal septum protrudes in front of your face, it is highly susceptible to both trauma and injury. Since the outer half is made of cartilage, it can bend with trauma, and give an uneven crooked nose and other septal deviation symptoms. In some people, it might even lead to sleep disturbance due to difficulty breathing.

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What is Septoplasty?

Other terms for Septoplasty include both nasal septum correction and nasal septum surgery.

It is surgery to straighten the deviated nasal septum in order to relieve obstruction, improve breathing, and straighten the nose. It has both cosmetic and functional goals.


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Causes of Septal Deviation

Below is a list of reasons that can cause your septum to deviate.

  • Trauma
    • Direct trauma to the nose, (for example motor vehicle accident or contact sports, etc) can deviate your septum and give you an uneven nose.
    • Trauma during birth is also a common cause of deviated septum in infants (persisting to adulthood).
  • Genetics
    • People with certain connective tissue diseases (like Marfan syndrome) can get a deviated nose more easily.
  • Birth defects
    • Sometimes, during pregnancy, a developmental error can occur and cause a baby’s nose to deviate.

Regardless of the cause of the nasal septal deviation, septoplasty is the only way to fix it. It aims to both straighten your nose and improve your breathing.


Symptoms of Septal Deviation

Septal deviation is not a purely cosmetic problem, this is because it can lead to other symptoms as well. If you have any of the following  then you may have nasal septum deviation:

  • Crooked nose
    • The nasal septum is the core of your nose. If it deviates, your nose will look uneven and crooked to one side.
    • This is the top reason to get septoplasty among patients.
  • Difficulty breathing
    • People with septal deviation will often feel like they can breathe on one side better than the other.
    • This is because one airway is narrower due to septal deviation.
    • Both Cyclic inflammation and irritation of the nasal mucosa can exaggerate this feeling.
    • This can affect either one or both nostrils.
  • Nasal crusting
    • Nasal deviation can also lead to a dry nose, causing the mucous to crust
  • Nasal bleeding
    • Dry nose mucosa can make the small vessels in your nose break and bleed or spot

If you have one or more of these symptoms, then you likely have a deviated septum and might need septoplasty.

Why Choose Dr Kleid for Rhinoplasty?

Dr Stephen Kleid
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Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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Complications of Septal Deviation

Who’s a good candidate for Septoplasty?

So, should you fix your nasal septal deviation? Well, not always. You are a good candidate for septoplasty if your:

  • The nose is crooked and deviated to one side
  • If it looks either uneven and/or disproportionate with the rest of your features
  • Nose is Crusting
  • Allergies are very bad
  • Nose always feels stuffed
  • Or if you are getting annoying symptoms of nasal deviation, for example, difficulty breathing
  • Frequent nosebleeds are another sign of septal deviation
  • Or if you are simply unhappy with how your nose looks

If any of this applies to you, then nasal septum surgery is for you.


How is Septal Deviation surgery done?

Septum deviation correction and straightening can be part of a full nose job (rhinoplasty) or it can also be a stand-alone procedure. The option you choose depends on your goals.

In general, septoplasty is an outpatient procedure. In other words, you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.

Your surgeon will put you under anaesthesia, for the procedure which means you will not feel any pain.

Dr Stephen will follow one of the following techniques to access your nasal cavity:

  • Open nose surgery: this means that he will make a small skin incision at the base of the columnella skin
  • Closed nose surgery: this means that the incision he makes will be inside your nasal cavity. It’s the technique of choice if you’re getting septoplasty alone.

In both cases, a septoplasty will not leave a permanent visible scar.

After, Dr Kleid makes the incision he will manipulate your nasal septum cartilage to both reshape and straighten it. He may also cut out some parts, this can include part of the bone to achieve your cosmetic goals.

Once complete, he will close the incisions with sutures.


Can septoplasty be combined with other surgeries?

Yes, of course. In fact, it is common to combine it with other nose reshaping procedures. In fact, it is uncommon that patients opt to only get a septoplasty without wanting to change other things about their noses.

This is because you’re getting nose surgery anyway (septoplasty), then you can take this chance to improve other features of your nose (and maybe your whole face).

Septoplasty is often combined with the following:

  • Alarplasty; fixes the sides of your nose and nostrils and can make your nose either narrower or wider
  • Tipplasty; is another nose job technique that changes how the tip of your nose looks. You can combine it with a septoplasty to reduce both the size and projection of the nose.
  • Facial rejuvenation: if you’re looking for a more dramatic change, you can combine nose surgery (rhinoplasty) with other facial procedures, like facelift, eyelid lift, cheek lift, or neck lift.

When you come to your first visit to see Dr Kleid, he will help you decide what you want to do with your nose. You can make the best out of your nose job with his guidance.


How is Recovery After Septoplasty?

If you’re getting a septoplasty alone without other nose cosmetic procedures, then recovery is much simpler than when you get a full nose job.

Furthermore, Septoplasty recovery is usually straightforward and not a cause of concern.

You can usually go back to work within 3-5 days. However, full recovery can take up to 3-4 weeks. Below is a list of some of the things you should know about septoplasty recovery:

  • The first 2-3 days are usually the toughest.
  • You should expect some pain, nasal swelling, and bruising. These will peak on the 3rd day and resolve over the 2-3 weeks after septoplasty.
  • Minimal swelling will remain for up to 2-4 months after your septoplasty
  • Right after surgery, you might have some gauze packed in your nose
  • You should also fight the urge to sneeze or scratch your nose after your surgery

Recovery after septoplasty alone is faster and easier compared to a full rhinoplasty.

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Why Choose Dr Kleid for Rhinoplasty?

Dr Stephen Kleid
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.

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