A physical deformity in the shape of the nasal cavity is known as a deviated septum. The wall that divides the nasal passageway into equally sized right and left halves might be off-center in some individuals (deviated septum). The most common symptom from a badly deviated or crooked septum is difficulty breathing through the nose.
Symptoms of a deviated septum may include difficulty breathing through one or both sides of the nose, headaches and recurrent sinusitis. A severely deviated septum may also cause an external deformity of the nose. Most deviated septums occur because of abnormal growth of the cartilage and bone inside the nose. If the cartilage grows faster than the bone, it may buckle over time. The second most common cause of a septal deviation is nasal trauma which may cause the septal cartilage to dislocate or even fracture.
In less severe cases of a deviated nasal septum, nasal steroid sprays may be prescribed. In those cases that are more severe or who do not respond to nasal sprays, a procedure known as a Septoplasty can be performed to correct the condition. The procedure is most commonly performed under anesthesia in an outpatient setting. A Septoplasty alone is functional and does not change the appearance of the nose. If your nose is not in harmony with the rest of your facial features, you might be a candidate to have improvements made in the function and appearance of your nose during the same surgery. The physicians at Advanced ENT & Allergy will advise you regarding any cosmetic changes.