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Our septoplasty procedure in New York City allows a facial plastic surgeon to realign the wall between the two nostrils–the septum–to achieve balance and symmetry within the two nasal cavities. Septoplasty is a surgery performed by Dr. Philip Miller to straighten a deviated septum. For some NYC patients, the simple act of breathing can be a labored affair. Structural irregularities in one or both of the nasal cavities can lead to nasal obstructions that impede airflow. The most common irregularity is a deviated septum – a condition where partition between the two nasal cavities does not run straight down the center of the nose. The crooked shape contributes to the blockage that prevents open airflow and hinders patient breathing.
For New York patients with this condition, a septoplasty procedure can correct the problem and return their breathing to normal.

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The nasal septum is the wall that divides the two sides of the inner nose which should be properly aligned for healthy noses. However, the nasal septum can be crooked for some people. When this occurs, it is known as a deviated septum, which can block the nasal passage and contribute to symptoms of nasal blockage and obstruction.

Deviated septums can be corrected through septal surgery, also known as deviated septum surgery or a septoplasty. Dr. Philip Miller specializes in septoplasty in NYC and has over 20 years of experience performing this type of surgery. Since a deviated septum usually produces no external visual signs, most people with a deviated septum do not even know they have this condition. But for some people the deviation causes problems such as snoring, sinusitis, breathing difficulties, sleep apnea, and respiratory complaints. These types of issues may often require surgical procedures.
Dr. Philip Miller currently sees patients at his office at 60 E. 56th & Park New York, New York 10022. You can call Dr. Miller to set up your Septoplasty consultation and surgery.

What is a Septoplasty?

Septoplasty procedures in NYC can be performed independently from rhinoplasty surgery. The surgeon can usually realign the septum into the midline using incisions all well hidden within the nostrils. The procedure begins with Dr. Miller separating the septum from the mucosa lining surrounding it. The septum is repositioned and the mucosa lining is replaced.

What Happens The Day Of My Septoplasty Procedure?

Dr. Miller will perform your septoplasty procedure in his state-of-the-art, accredited surgical suite, conveniently located in his NYC office. Septoplasty is performed under anesthesia by making an incision within the nostrils. The lining over the septum, called the mucosa, is gently separated from the septum, exposing the deviated pieces of cartilage and bone. Through a variety of techniques, the septum will be repositioned or reshaped into the midline. Once completed, small plastic supports may be inserted into the nose to help the septum stay stable for the first week following surgery. The septoplasty will take between 60 to 90 minutes and be on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home the same day.

If general anesthesia will be used, you cannot drive or travel alone following your septoplasty. Please arrange for transportation home and for someone to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours following your septoplasty.


There are numerous benefits associated with a septoplasty procedure, including:

Improved Breathing

By clearing the nasal passages, you can enjoy uninterrupted breathing patterns.

Better Sleep

Impeded nasal airways are the leading cause of a poor night’s sleep. Whether it is excessive snoring, sleep apnea or other conditions, repairing the inner nasal structure to improve airflow can be the most effective way to enjoy more restful nights.

Fewer Sinus Infections

When the nasal passageways are blocked by structural deformities, the nose cannot naturally maintain clean airways and sinus drainage cannot easily occur. This results in an increase in sinus infections. By creating an open and unimpeded airway, drainage improves and these infections are reduced.

Improved Senses of Smell and Taste

When you can’t properly inhale through your nose, your key senses of smell and taste are adversely affected. By re-aligning the nasal passageways, your senses will be awakened to a whole new world around you.

What Are The Risks Associated With Septoplasty?

Many of the risks associated with septoplasty procedure can be minimized in the hands of a highly skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Miller. However, risk can never be 100% eliminated. Certain factors beyond Dr. Miller’s control can sometimes intervene and create complications.
During your septoplasty consultation, Dr. Miller will explain the risks associated with this nose job procedure. You will be asked to sign consent forms acknowledging that you understand these risks.

How Can I Help My Septoplasty Recovery?

The best way you can ensure a good recovery after a septoplasty procedure is to follow all of Dr. Miller’s orders. He has performed thousands of these procedures and has decades of experience with septoplasty patients. His instructions should be trusted and followed.
Besides following your doctor’s orders, there are a few additional things you can do to help streamline your recovery process.

Elevate Your Head

Use a few extra pillows at night to elevate your head and keep swelling down.

Avoid Strenuous Activity

For at least the first two weeks, you should focus on taking it easy. Even if you’re feeling better, don’t push it. You don’t want to do anything during this important recovery phase that could jeopardize your final results.

Don’t Pull Clothing Over Your Head

Try and avoid turtlenecks or tight t-shirts or any other article of clothing that will put pressure on your nose. If you ever wanted a reason to only wear loose, comfy tops or button-up shirts, the days and weeks following your septoplasty procedure are it.

When Will I Be Back To Normal?

You can usually return to work and daily activities within a few days, but you should refrain from strenuous physical activity for 2-3 weeks. You will likely feel much better within a week or so. However, the healing process will continue long after you are feeling like yourself again since cartilage and nasal tissue can take up to one year to settle into their new shape. For more info here please read this.

Am I A Good Candidate For Septoplasty?

If you experience excessive snoring, sleep apnea, recurrent sinusitis, or other respiratory complaints, you may be a good candidate for a septoplasty procedure. An otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor), such as Dr. Miller, can examine you to identify whether a deviated septum is the cause of your problems.
Other candidates for septoplasty include patients who experience a deviated septum as the result of injury or trauma to the nose. In those instances, a nose job procedure may need to be performed in addition to the septoplasty, to correct the external appearance of the nose as well as the deviated septum.

How Do I Learn More About Septoplasty by Dr. Miller?

If you experience difficulty breathing or have suffered trauma or injury to the nose, you may be an excellent candidate for a septoplasty procedure performed by Dr. Philip Miller in New York City. Simply fill out our convenient contact form or call us and one of our friendly Patient Advisers will help you get started on the journey to the new and improved you.
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