PATIENT OF THE MONTH
Steven had two desires: to breathe better and to look better. Both were accomplished at the same surgical session. The breathing, or functional surgery, was correcting a deviated septum and reducing the size of the inferior turbinates.
Correction of Deviated Septum and Enlarged Turbinates
The nasal septum deviation or crookedness impairs the inflow of air. The enlarged inferior turbinates, less well known as a cause of nasal blockage, are typically enlarged in people with nasal allergies and a related condition where there is alternating nasal blockage. The alternating nasal blockage commonly occurs at sleep when the turbinate on one side swells. Change of position then improves that side but worsens the other side. Reducing the size of the turbinates is the most effective long-lasting answer to the problem. While some may have limited success with pills and nasal sprays, the permanent cure resides with the surgery.
At the same session, Closed Rhinoplasty was performed. The major improvement in appearance is quite profound. The photos speak for themselves. Likewise, Steven’s commentary on his YELP review, “…this is honestly the first time in my life where I can breathe from my nose and not sound nasally when I talk to anyone” says it best.
Combining the functional operation to yield better breathing with the cosmetic surgery, both providing lifetime benefits, is practical and wise. Economy of time and dollars. One anesthetic. One recovery period. Makes sense, no downside.