A deviated septum is a common problem affecting the strip of cartilage that runs down the center of the nose and separates the nostrils. The structural issue can lead to functional problems if it interferes with proper air flow through the nose. The problem can also have cosmetic implications, because it often leads to the appearance of a crooked nose. A deviated septum may also be accompanied by other cosmetic concerns, which is why a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon may be your best option for correction of a deviated septum and related issues.
Deviated Septum and Facial Asymmetry
Studies, including one published in the May edition of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, have found a strong correlation between a deviated septum and other types of facial asymmetry. This recent study, conducted by researchers at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul, indicated that failure to address facial asymmetry at the same time the septum is corrected could result in less than satisfactory results.
Researchers in this studied looked at pictures of 152 patients who underwent surgery for deviated noses between January 2008 and December 2012. They compared those pictures to patients who underwent surgery during the same time-frame to correct internal deformities of the nose. They discovered that 84 of the 152 patients with deviated noses also had some other form of facial asymmetry. Only 19 of the 60 patients in the second category had facial asymmetries.
Specific features that show symmetrical differences varied somewhat in the patients with deviated noses. However, at least half the deformities involved the lower face. Dr. Yong Ju Jang, the senior author of the study, explained, “This means that deviated nose is not a simple broken nose problem in many cases, but is complex issue related with facial skeleton abnormality.”
Correcting Both Problems
If facial asymmetry is a common issue for patients with a deviated septum, a plastic surgeon is likely the best physician to address both issues in a single surgical procedure. In addition, plastic surgeons are trained to detect subtle asymmetries that can make a large difference in the overall outcome of nose surgery. These professionals are better equipped to make recommendations for complementary surgical procedures that will offer patients the best possible outcome.
Dr. Kahlil Andrews is experienced in surgical procedures for the nose. He works with each of his patients to determine the best procedures and techniques to meet their expectations and desired results. To learn more, contact Dr. Andrews at PCI Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 319-382-8230.