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Your Deviated Septum: Causes, Effects and Treatments

Dr. Philip Miller

May 29, 2018

Photo of a male model, for Plastic surgery, New York, NY The term “deviated septum” has become much more commonplace today than ever before. Still, even those who have been diagnosed with a deviated septum don’t fully understand what causes it, what it can do, and how to correct it. Those who have a deviated septum have likely been diagnosed by a primary care physician or ear, nose, and throat specialist, but they may not have discussed the issue with a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Miller, located in New York City. Learn more about this condition and what can be done to reverse it.

What Is a Deviated Septum?

Inside the nose, the nasal passages are separated by a small, delicate piece of cartilage. When this cartilage is straight, both airways are unobstructed and capable of breathing in equal amounts of air. A deviated septum occurs when this cartilage is misaligned. It can result in imbalanced or difficult breathing, sinus drainage problems, and even trouble sleeping. An estimated 80 percent of people have a deviated septum to some degree, many of whom do not know it.

What Causes a Deviated Septum?

Most of those who have a deviated septum are born with it. In other cases, trauma or injury to the nose can result in a deviated septum. Whatever has caused this condition, the symptoms will be the same. If you have experienced any of the following issues, you may have a deviated septum:

  • Chronic nasal congestion, typically with one size being more congested than the other
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Recurring sinus infections
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Facial pain around the nose and sinus cavities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Postnasal drip
  • Loud breathing or snoring when sleeping, sometimes causing sleep apnea

How Is a Deviated Septum Treated?

When a deviated septum is causing moderate or severe symptoms, treatment is necessary to achieve some relief. In some milder cases, medication can provide a temporary solution, but the only real way to address the underlying problem is with a special nasal surgery called septoplasty.

A septoplasty surgery is a type of rhinoplasty that focuses on the internal workings of the nose, specifically the correction of a misaligned septum. During this procedure, your facial plastic surgeon makes a small incision to gain access to the inside of the nose. The specifics of your septoplasty will depend largely on what has caused the imbalance of your nasal passageways. In some cases, the cartilage can be adjusted and in other cases, your septum needs to be reduced in size to alleviate the trouble.

After your nose surgery, you may be sent home with internal splints or other supports to stabilize the septum as it heals. Very minimal swelling or bruising will result if only your septum has been altered during surgery. Many patients opt to make aesthetic changes to the nose as well, making septoplasty a small part of their full rhinoplasty procedure. You should be at least 16-17 years old to be considered for septoplasty surgery to ensure that your nose is fully mature. To learn more about septoplasty, visit

Learn More About Septoplasty From a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Septoplasty can greatly improve your breathing and sinus troubles, especially if you are considered a good candidate for the procedure. To get more specific information on how this surgery can help you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process, from preparation to the rhinoplasty healing process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20 years and has the experience and knowledge to offer the best results to his patients.

A recognized rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery conferences. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his facial plastic surgery office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)

Dr. Miller and his staff of NYC's best aesthetic specialists offer the NatraNose® process, which is a comprehensive range of minimally-invasive and advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking rhinoplasty results, improve nasal function, and meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Miller specializes in nose jobs, nose reductions, non-surgical nose jobs, and more: Adjust the links in these sections as follows:

Skin Care Treatments

Widely acclaimed for our broad range of flawless skincare solutions, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS and his team of aesthetic specialists offer customized skincare treatment plans to achieve healthy, natural-looking results. As part of our NatraLook™ process, the following procedures may be performed individually or in combination with more advanced surgical treatments for optimal rejuvenation.

Male Plastic Surgery

Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience working with male and female patients. He specializes in facial plastic surgery and is recognized as an expert in facial rejuvenation procedures. Utilizing the most advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Miller can maintain or enhance masculine features while producing the most natural-looking results.

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