As a facial plastic surgeon, it is very common for patients to seek my advice regarding their nasal breathing. It turns out that most of the time when patients want to fix their nasal breathing, they will also want to improve the over all shape of the nose. In the greater context this makes complete sense as most patients want to undergo only one recovery process and only one anesthesia event.
One of the most common causes of nasal obstruction is deviation of the nasal septum. But how would someone suspect that they have a deviated septum? What are the signs and symptoms of septal deviation? Below, you will find some of the most common causes of nasal septal deviation. If you find yourself suffering from any of these then you may benefit from a septoplasty procedure.
- Difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils
- Frequent nose bleeds. Deviated septum can cause dryness in your nose and thus can cause frequent nose bleeds
- Nose is visibly crooked to one side or other
- Waking up in the middle of the night stuffed up
- Some times facial pain and headaches can be due to a deviated septum. This is called a septal headache and can only be fixed by fixing the septal deviation
- Allergy nasal sprays are not working to improve your nasal breathing