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Can Septoplasty or Functional Nasal Surgery be combined with Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?

Yes. Combining septoplasty with rhinoplasty is beneficial because by combining surgery procedures, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Additionally, cartilage modified from the nasal septum during the septoplasty may be used for grafts during rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Chaboki may need to obtain cartilage from your ear …

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What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?

The nasal sinuses are air spaces surrounded by bone and lined with a mucous membrane. The sinuses create mucous which drains through small passages into the nasal cavity. Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, where a small camera is placed in the nose to open the sinuses by making these small drainage pathways …

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How are large turbinates reduced with Turbinate Surgery?

Turbinate surgery is designed to reduce its size, primarily of enlarged inferior turbinates. Turbinoplasty is another name for surgery on the nasal turbinates. Turbinate surgery is usually combined with septoplasty, sinus surgery, or rhinoplasty. The inferior turbinate can be reduced in several ways: Directly cutting a portion off Pushing the turbinate outward Removing the inside …

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What is Revision Septoplasty?

Some patients may have persistent nasal and sinus symptoms after deviated septum surgery. There are numerous reasons for this problem, including untreated allergies, re-growth or re-swelling turbinates, recurrent polyps, chronic infection, and trauma. Sometimes the nasal septum shifts and becomes crooked, or insufficient cartilage and bone were removed from the initial procedure. Dr. Chaboki has …

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What is Septoplasty and how does it correct a Deviated Septum?

Septoplasty is reconstructive plastic surgery performed to correct the nasal septum. It is performed entirely through the nostrils. During the procedure, deviated portions of bone and cartilage may be readjusted and repositioned or may be removed entirely. Depending on the anatomy of the nasal septum for each person, the procedure can use several different techniques …

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What are the treatment options for a Deviated Septum?

Various treatment options are available for patients with deviated septums. Recommended treatment will depend on severity of symptoms, degree of septal deviation, prior treatments, and your medical history. Here are some common treatments: Medication Nasal strips Alternative therapy Surgery Combination of the above Medication is used when nasal symptoms are minor (intermittent stuffy nose, minor …

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What is the difference between Allergies and Deviated Septum?

More than 150 million people suffer from allergies in the United States. Environmental allergens, such as pollen and mold, are especially worse in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and downtown DC. Allergic symptoms are sometimes indistinguishable from a deviated septum. Both conditions can cause post-nasal drip, runny nose, nasal congestion, snoring, fatigue and tiredness, and facial pressure. …

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What causes Nasal Obstruction and Difficulty Breathing?

A variety of conditions can cause nasal congestion. A deviated septum is the most common cause of nasal obstruction. Enlarged turbinates is the second most common cause, which is usually associated with a deviated septum. Other structural problems with the nose, such as small nostrils, weak nostrils, scarring, and a narrow or collapsed nasal valve, …

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How is a Deviated Septum diagnosed?

After discussing your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Chaboki performs a physical exam of the external and internal nose, cartilage, bone, and mucous membranes. This exam involves a bright light and a nasal speculum (an instrument that gently spreads open your nostrils) and an endoscope (high resolution video camera) to inspect the inside surface of …

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Does a Deviated Septum affect the appearance of the nose?

The nasal septum is the foundation of the nose and contributes to its appearance. Although deviated septums are very common, most patients are not aware of having a deviated septum, since their external nose is symmetric. A deviated septum may present itself on the external nose as a crooked or twisted nose, big or large …

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