Nose surgery can correct aesthetic defects of the nose but can also be performed for medical reasons when they cause breathing difficulties. Sevenoplasty falls within this framework. When is it really necessary to resort to it?
WHAT IS SEPTOPLASTY?
The nose has two nostrils separated by a partition called the nasal septum. Sometimes this wall can be deformed as a result of shock, due to a malformation, either congenital or appearing during growth. The deformity may involve the cartilage at the tip of the nose or the nasal septum.
The objective of nasal septoplasty is therefore to reshape this septum or to remove parts of the nasal septum in order to straighten it. It is recommended in order to eliminate respiratory discomfort.
It is therefore a functional surgery as opposed to cosmetic surgery as it is the case of rhinoplasty even if your motivation may be aesthetic. It can therefore be covered by social security under certain conditions. This is the case for people who suffer from respiratory discomfort but this must be confirmed by a CT scan. And, if you combine nasal septoplasty with a rhinoplasty, only the septoplasty will be paid for by social security. Similarly, if there is no proven respiratory discomfort but you want to have an operation for aesthetic reasons, you will have to pay for the operation.
You should know that this surgery costs between 2 900 and 3 900 € on average, which represents a heavy investment. As a result, more and more French people are travelling to Tunisia to benefit from more attractive rates. This country is specialized in cosmetic surgery and has therefore acquired the best equipment but also surgeons perfectly trained to treat even the most complex cases. And, medical tourism has largely developed as explained on the blog Astuce Santé but Tunisia is often chosen for the quality of care and the ease of travel by plane. Going to Tunisia to undergo a septoplasty is therefore a solution to consider if you do not benefit from social security coverage.
WHEN TO RESORT TO THIS SURGERY?
If 80% of adults have a slightly deviated nasal septum, nasal septoplasty becomes indispensable in certain cases such as :
A nasal obstruction that prevents you from breathing properly and causes snoring for example.
Repeated sinus infections, ear infections and regular migraines.
Aesthetic discomfort associated with an external deformation of the nose.
These are the most common cases that require a septoplasty.
The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and most often under endoscopy and through the nasal passages, so there are no scars. With a wick soaked in xylocaine naphazoline, he will peel off the mucous membrane to reach the cartilage and then proceed to reshape the nasal septum. To maintain it in its new position, a nasal tongue is placed in each nostril. This allows the mucous membrane to adhere better to the nasal septum for optimal healing.
To see the results of the septoplasty, it takes about ten days for the nose to return to its normal appearance. However, to feel the improvement in breathing and all the benefits you can get from it, you will need to wait a month.