A deviated septum is a condition where the cartilage/bone that divides your nasal cavity in half is crooked or off-center, interfering with proper breathing. Around 80% of people have some degree of misalignment in their nasal passages, but only severe cases cause breathing problems. Some people develop a deviated septum after suffering an injury to the nose, while others are simply born with it.
Some of the most common symptoms of a deviated septum include:
- Nasal congestion (one side is usually more congested than the other)
- Recurring sinus infections
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Chronic facial pain and/or headaches
- Postnasal drip
- Loud snoring
Nasal septal surgery (also called “septoplasty”) is performed to correct a deviated septum. This surgery is sometimes combined with rhinoplasty to improve the cosmetic appearance of the nose in addition to its function.
If you have breathing issues due to a deviated septum, Dr. Harrell – who is board-certified in both plastic surgery and ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat) surgery – can help. Please contact The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and surrounding areas of Florida.