what is septoplasty?
When Pittsburgh area patients come to see plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau for rhinoplasty, many times, he will diagnose the issue as a deviated septum, which essentially needs septoplasty to correct. The septum is a critical structure within the nose made of tissue and bone to separate the two nasal passages and support airflow. When this passageway is not straight, men, women and children can experience breathing issues and other nasal symptoms. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects a deviated septum to improve symptoms and produce a normal appearing nose. Dr. Fernau understands that rhinoplasty and septoplasty are complex procedures more akin to art than mere surgery. He customizes each procedure based on the personal and aesthetic goals of the patient so that the nose functions properly and looks natural.
What Are The Benefits Of Septoplasty?
Improved breathing function
Better sleep quality
Reduces or eliminates snoring and/or sleep apnea
Fewer sinus infections and sinus headaches
Less likely to get nosebleeds
Safe, effective, minimally-invasive procedure
Short recovery time
Improvements can often be noticed within 48 – 72 hours
Can be performed together with cosmetic rhinoplasty
"I went to Dr. Fernau for a septoplasty/ rhinoplasty exactly three weeks ago today. I cannot recommend him and his team enough! The whole process from beginning at the consultation to the latest check up has been a great experience. The surgery was painless and recovery was quick! I had no bruising and minimal swelling for just a few days. I also had no nausea after the anesthesia as I previously have had and I credit this to the preop care that Dr. Fernau provides. The results far exceed my expectations only 3 weeks out and I can’t wait to see the final results in just a few more months. Thank you Dr. Fernau, Sherry, Sheila and staff! Highly recommend!!"- A.R. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
"My nose has bothered me since I was a young girl . Finally in my 20’s Dr Fernau did a rhinoplasty & septoplasty . It was the greatest feeling in the world to look in the mirror and not hate my nose. I loved it & my confidence was so much better. Later in my 40’s my daughter accidentally broke my nose and ruined my result. I was so upset because now I no longer liked getting my pictures taken and no longer felt confident. I tried just dealing with it since I was older but inside it really bothered me. Luckily Dr. Fernau saw the damage and understood how it made me feel. The reconstruction would be a difficult one but he was feeling up to the challenge. He rebuilt my nose and gave me an amazing result even though it was very complicated. I feel I missed out on so many photos with my daughter but now feel happy and excited to take pictures again with her and my family. I always feel safe with Dr Fernau and his staff. They feel more like family to me. I always know I’m in good hands . I cannot thank him enough for making me happy & confident again!"- S.G. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
"Dr. Fernau, Sheila and his whole staff define what it means to be a consummate professional. I personally came to Dr. Fernau because of his reputation for such quality work and a very high success rate, and he did not disappoint. Dr. Fernau performed a Septoplasty/Rhinoplasty procedure on me and I cannot be any more pleased with the results than I am now, the outcome is even better than I expected. From the first consultation, Dr. fernau explained in detail the process and exactly what this procedure would entail. The follow up, professionalism, and just genuine care and attention that you get from Dr. Fernau and his whole staff are second to none. The results of his work speaks for itself. However, he goes above and beyond to not just create a great outcome, but to make you comfortable and understand that you are in good hands. I would highly recommend that anyone looking to get a top quality doctor and incredible results with a specific attention to your needs and well being to speak with Dr. Fernau. I can testify from experience that you will not be disappointed."- T.M. / Google / Apr 01, 2022
"I went to Dr. Fernau for a septoplasty/ rhinoplasty exactly three weeks ago today. I cannot recommend him and his team enough! The whole process from beginning at the consultation to the latest check up has been a great experience. The surgery was painless and recovery was quick! I had no bruising and minimal swelling for just a few days. I also had no nausea after the anesthesia as I previously have had and I credit this to the preop care that Dr. Fernau provides. The results far exceed my expectations only 3 weeks out and I can’t wait to see the final results in just a few more months. Thank you Dr. Fernau, Sherry, Sheila and staff! Highly recommend!!"- A.B. / Google / Jul 22, 2022
"I had a deviated septum repaired June 2022. The results caused my septum to collapse. I was devastated and distraught. My nose looked flat. I met Dr Fernau and he recommended a liquid rhino. The results are amazing!!! They literally held my hand the whole time. I’m so grateful I found you Dr. Fernau and your staff ☺️😊. Thank you all for making me feel beautiful again."- M.S. / Google / Jan 28, 2023
how is septoplasty done?
During septoplasty surgery, the deviated septum structure is reshaped through an incision made inside the nose. The surgeon will lift and separate the septum tissue to fully access the misaligned bone and cartilage. The surgeon will close the incision with sutures and place a splint inside the nose to align the septum as it heals. Some surgeons may use nose packing to help control bleeding.
how long is recovery after septoplasty?
As an outpatient procedure, septoplasty is performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between 1 and 2 hours. Recovery takes between 7 and 10 days. Patients should expect bruising and swelling under the eyes and around the nose immediately after the procedure. The final results will not set in for 3 months or longer after surgery.
how much does septoplasty cost?
Because septoplasty is a customized procedure, the price depends on the physical needs of the patient. Patients can expect to pay between $2,500 and $4,500; however, a portion of the cost can be covered by medical insurance. Patients are encouraged to ask about their insurance coverage to determine the final cost of the procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,500 - $4,500
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Even though septoplasty is used to correct breathing problems, some patients undergo septoplasty to correct medical issues from a deviated septum. However, a loss of cartilage or bone and cartilage grafting can change the appearance of the nose. Highly skilled surgeons with experience in septoplasty knows the technique needed to make natural and subtle changes.
The most common cause of a deviated septum is birth trauma because most individuals are born with a deviated septum. As people age, the symptoms gradually worsen. Even though a majority of adults have a deviated septum, not everyone has severe symptoms that require surgery. Another common cause is trauma later in life.
ENT for Surgery?
Even though most ENT specialists are able to perform septoplasty, they do not have the skills to preserve the look and shape of the nose like plastic surgeons do. Patients should find a cosmetic surgeon that can perform both a septoplasty and rhinoplasty at the same time.