Detroit, Michigan — A deviated septum is when the bones and cartilage that divide the nose are crooked or noticeably off-center which makes breathing difficult on one or both sides of the nose. Some people are born with a deviated septum while in others it occurs after injury to the nose.
If you experience any of these symptoms you may have a deviated septum:
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus infection (recurrent)
- Facial pain
- Postnasal drip
- Loud breathing and snoring
- Obstructed sleep apnea
Michigan Facial Aesthetic Surgeons are board-certified experts in nose surgery including septoplasty – the surgery performed to correct a deviated symptom. We perform septoplasty at outpatient clinics in Dearborn, Detroit, Rochester and Southfield. Our septoplasty surgeries average an hour to an hour-and-a-half to complete depending on your unique situation. Regardless, there is usually little to no swelling or bruising after the procedure.
The letter below is from a Michigan Facial Aesthetic Surgeon patient that had septoplasty to fix his deviated septum:
Dr. Carron, I wanted to jot down a few of the changes I have noticed since my nasal surgery on January 11th. On that day, you realigned my septum so it is centered, a nasal valve was repaired and several turbinates were reduced. Since then, I have seen the following changes:
1) More awake in the morning. Before the surgery, there were times where it was physically difficult to get out of bed. Now, I may be tired when I awake, but I can hop out of bed and start the day without going through the first 10 – 15 minutes of the morning with my eyes half closed.
2) Snoring has almost completely stopped. Once in a while when I am dead tired, eat late or have a few drinks, my wife will still notice but even then, the loudness and duration is much, much less. I am doing a follow up sleep clinic in April to see if I still need the CPAP machine.
3) I can function during the day on less sleep.
4) I am more alert in the morning. I have had a morning cup of coffee at work maybe twice since the surgery. Before that, I was usually drinking 4 – 6 cups in the morning.
5) I was taking Adderall for a couple of months due to lack of concentration. I haven’t taken any Adderall since the surgery and I feel like I am functioning well. I am less forgetful and more cheery. You can ask my wife for verification.
6) I was taking Claritin D for nasal congestion. I’m guessing I also liked the stimulant effect. I haven’t taken any since the surgery.
7) I used to take a nap after work a couple days a week or would just sit in front of the television when I got home from work. It is now 11:15 PM, I worked a full day, helped Peg clean house in anticipation of our cruise tomorrow and still feel alert, although a little tired.
8) I used to find my eyes occasionally getting droopy when I drive. That has pretty much stopped.
9) I FEEL better. Peggy says that I am more pleasant, less moody, less forgetful and less snippy. I can smell the coffee at work and can actually feel the breath entering my lungs.
The feeling before was similar to being hung over, without the headache and stomach discomfort, sort of a mental fog. I feel that I am more focused and thinking more clearly.
Thank you so much for recommending this surgery. I have been to many sleep clinics and an eyes, ears, nose and throat doctors and you are the first person who mentioned nasal obstruction as the cause of my problems. Maybe it has gotten worse in the last several years but you were still the first person to identify the issue.
I also felt very much at ease in your office. It was more like talking to a golf buddy about a problem than a rigid doctor/patient relationship. If you ever need a recommendation, let me know. Thanks for everything!”