Septoplasty - Camp Hill, PA

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About Septoplasty

At Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Central Pennsylvania in Camp Hill, PA, Dr. Theodore T. Foley performs septoplasty to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the tissue and bone that separate the two nostrils. When the septum is damaged, it can negatively impact breathing, causing frequent nose bleeds and great discomfort. The procedure is performed to improve nose functionality, unlike rhinoplasty which is usually performed to improve the appearance of the nose. Individuals who have constant nose congestion or blocked airways from a misplaced septum, often visit Dr. Foley for septoplasty surgery. However, you will receive a one-on one-consultation with board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Foley to determine if septoplasty is the best option for you.

Best Candidates

Septoplasty is a specific procedure that corrects the position of the bone and cartilage that separates the two nostrils. Ideal candidates are those who have a deviated septum that requires surgical correction to improve breathing and nose functionality. If you don’t have difficulty breathing through your nose, then this surgery is not for you. However, if you want to alter the shape, size, and look of your nose, then rhinoplasty may be a good option.

What To Expect

Since this is a surgical procedure, general anesthesia will be administered prior to treatment. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on the outside of the nose to access the septum. The compromised septum will be repositioned back into place and any excess bone or cartilage will be removed. The incision is sealed and a bandage will be placed along the incision site to ensure proper healing. Typically, surgery lasts 30 – 90 minutes but the severity of your condition will determine the length of the procedure. However, this is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home once the anesthesia wears off.

Other Considerations

It’s important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your doctor and to limit your activity for the first several weeks after surgery. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal, but will subside after 1 – 2 weeks. Your doctor may prescribe medication to ease discomfort, but typically over the counter medication, like aspirin, will suffice. However, check with your doctor for medication instructions, as there may be some that should be avoided to prevent blood thinning or a reaction. Although results produce a realigned septum that increases breathing capability, a second surgery may be required to correct potential cartilage shifting.

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If you are experiencing nasal congestion or difficulty breathing through your nose, call or visit our office today to schedule your consultation. Our office will be happy to partner with you to create a customized treatment plan that will correct your nasal discomfort so you can breath better.

Cost of Septoplasty

The cost of Septoplasty is insurance based and we encourage you to call our office for more details. If you are comparing prices between different plastic surgery practices, make sure you are comparing the fees which include all aspects of your upcoming surgery. These prices include the physician, anesthesia, and facility fees assuming that your surgery is being completed in a surgery center. If your surgery needs to be performed at the hospital, the fees will be ~$1500-$2000 more depending on the procedure, the surgical time, and whether or not you choose to stay overnight at the hospital. Also, your best choice for a cosmetic procedure of any kind is to choose a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Theodore Foley, who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who is local to you. Not only will you receive the best surgical care that way, but you will also receive the best postoperative care. At Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Central PA, we encourage patients to call for a complimentary personal consultation with our plastic surgeon so a customized quote can be prepared for you by our staff. For more information on payment options at our practice, check out our Payment Information page by clicking here.

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Prices are subject to change and are our current estimate of the price which is inclusive of physician, facility, anesthesia at a surgical center. Some procedures, which do not require anesthesia, may be done at our office and would not then entail an anesthesia fee. If patients need to have their surgery at a hospital, prices are typically more expensive and will be outlined after consultation.

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