The septum is a critical structure within the nose made of tissue and bone to separate the two nasal passages and support airflow. Many men, women, and children experience breathing issues when the bone and cartilage isn’t straight. For patients who suffer from a deviated septum, causing sleep apnea and snoring, Oklahoma City cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates can help with septoplasty. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects a deviated septum to improve symptoms and produce a natural-looking nose.
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"I had the honor to have Dr. Caplin do my surgery and I am so happy with the result! I had a deviated septum which made breathing for me a bit difficult at night and made my nose also asymmetrical, which made me insecure. From the very beginning, Dr. Caplin was very attentive to what my needs were and she listened carefully and truly cared about my well being and safety. The surgery was smooth and there wasn't one complaint on my end. The end result was very natural and effortless. I can breathe better and the overall flow of my face is balanced. I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend CSA, especially Dr. Caplin. She is the best at what she does and truly does care about each individual patient. If you are looking at surgery, look no further."- J.N. / Google / Jul 24, 2017
"I had a breast augmentation done in May of 2020 with Doctor Courtney Chaplin. Then in August of 2022, I underwent a Rhinoseptoplasty surgery with Doctor Erik Nuveen. Both surgeries went wonderful and were life changing. I am thankful for the precision and work done by both doctors as well as the support and care from the medical staff at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates."- S.B. / Google / Oct 14, 2022
"Rhinoplasty - I am very pleased with the results of my rhinopasty. Within two weeks after surgery, my nose looks even better than I'd hoped. I couldn't be happier!"- A.H. / Vitals / Jan 06, 2014
"Dr. Nuveen and his staff were absolutely amazing from start to finish! I came 4.5 hours away to see them and they made me feel comfortable from start to finish. Dr. Nuveen answered all of my questions and then some. My results exceeded my expectations and I have already referred him to several friends and family members!"- M.W. / Google / May 01, 2022
"I have been a patient of Dr. Nuveen's for many years! I love everything about this office and my results. Jessica, who has also been with this office for many years, has taken care of me many times. She has taken care of me in surgery, post op, pre op and now as the aesthetics nurse. She does an amazing job with all the injectable/filler products and I would recommend her to anyone! Tiffany is now the follow up nurse, and she is amazing at what she does! She is an all around great person and I always look forward to seeing her! Nothing even needs to be said about Dr. Nuveen, he is truly amazing at what he does!"- T.D. / Google / Apr 07, 2015
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.
During/After Septoplasty Surgery
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.
Expected Cost for Septoplasty
Because septoplasty is a customized procedure, the price depends on the physical needs of the patient. Patients can expect to pay $3,960 - $5,500.
**Fee's that are posted are subject to change. No doctor/patient relationship is established until exam. Consent in perpetuity until canceled in writing.
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- Average Cost
- From $4,356
- 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.
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