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A displacement or deformation of bone or cartilage in the nose structure can result in a deviated septum. The resulting blockage leads to difficulty with breathing, exercise, and sleep. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve airflow in your nose by correcting the deviated septum.

What is a Septoplasty?

The septum is the wall of bone and cartilage that separates the nostrils. When that wall is misshapen from trauma or a malformation, the structure will make it more difficult to breathe through one or both nostrils.

Septoplasty performed by Dr. Chang is a surgical procedure used to reposition or remove the obstructing tissue and bone in the septum. Modifying the structure of you’re the nose will open your airways, restore free breathing, and improve your quality of life.

Septoplasty may be performed as a single procedure when the nose structure has only internal imperfections. However, those with cosmetic concerns can have an additional surgical procedure to correct a variety of external imperfections, and create a more attractive nose shape, size, and projection.

Best Candidates for Septoplasty

Adult men or women who have a deviated septum should undergo septoplasty. A deviated septum can be caused by a blockage that develops naturally and may be present from birth. For some patients, a deviated septum can be caused by improper healing after an impact to the nose structure.

Those with a deviated septum may experience:

  • Difficulty breathing out of one or both nostrils
  • Dryness in the nose
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Discomfort when performing physical activities or exercise
  • Chronic snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Constant fatigue

Some of the symptoms are easy to ignore or attribute to other life issues, but any of the above symptoms may indicate a blockage in your airways.

About the Procedure

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When septoplasty is performed as a single procedure, the surgical incisions will be concealed within your nose, with no visible scarring. Once the incisions are made, the membrane covering the septum is lifted away. Bone and cartilage are manipulated or removed to reduce blockage. The incisions are closed and the nose will be stabilized.

When combined with rhinoplasty, a small incision in between your nostrils may be necessary, depending upon the extent of the cosmetic corrections needed. The incision is small and once healed, is hidden beneath the nose and typically almost impossible to see. Many nose reshaping surgeries are performed within the nose structure with no visible scars.

What is recovery
like after

Septoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, but you will need assistance from a trusted adult for the first 24 hours. You will have a prescription for pain medication to keep you comfortable. It is normal to experience some slight bruising or swelling. You will be able to resume most of your usual activities after about two weeks. The swelling will have significantly diminished.

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Expected Results

Your quality of life will continue to improve over the next few months as the corrected septum settles into place. Once the swelling subsides you will begin to experience increased airflow. Breathing will be easier, and you will have clear airways, and an improved quality of sleep.

You will feel a sense of freedom once your breathing improves. You may not even realize how much your deviated septum was impacting your daily life. Our patients report they feel more awake, alert, and energetic after undergoing a septoplasty with Dr. Chang, who is one of the leaders with rhinoplasty in Washington D.C..

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated April 2nd, 2020

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are closing the practice until April 24th.

Your health and well-being is our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until at least April 24th.
  • The office will be minimally or remotely staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an accredited medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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