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Deviated Nasal Septum

Deviated Nasal Septum | Gary J. Price, M.D. P.C.“Deviated Nasal Septum”…it may be a new concept you haven’t heard much about or you may be a part of the roughly 80% of the population who has one. But what is it?

The nasal septum separates the left and right airways of your nose, dividing your nostrils. When your septum is crooked, off-center or “deviated,” it can cause a restriction of the airflow in one or both of your nasal passages.

Sometimes people with a deviated septum don’t even notice the condition. It often goes undetected for years before symptoms become bothersome. Sometimes, however, severe septal deviations can can trigger serious health concerns.

Here are 4 signs of a deviated nasal septum:

  1. Difficulty Breathing Through Your Nose. One or both nostrils may be affected, but one side is usually worse than the other. Often, difficulty breathing leads to a preference of sleeping on a particular side, allowing for easier air passage through the nostril that isn’t narrowed. During sleep, you may breathe noisily due to swelling in the nasal tissues. In some cases, a deviated septum can interfere with how your sinuses work, which can lead to nasal congestion and recurrent sinus infections.
  2. Awareness of the Nasal Cycle. As you breathe normally, one of your nostrils is blocked and then the other nostril is blocked. This alternating function of the breathing process is referred to as the nasal cycle. The nasal cycle itself is completely normal and most people are not aware of it. However, if you find that you are aware of your breathing cycle, that could indicate the presence of an abnormal nasal obstruction or deviation.
  3. Nosebleeds. If you have frequent nosebleeds, a deviated septum may be the culprit. With a deviated septum, the membranes in the unobstructed side of your nose are more exposed to the air. This can dry out the surface of your septum, which can lead to bleeding.
  4. Facial Pain. Facial pain doesn’t always indicate a deviated nasal septum. In some cases, however, a severe deviation can impact your inside nasal wall. When this happens, you may feel pain on the side of the face with the narrowed nostril.

If you would like to learn more, we invite you to call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Price to discuss the simple, surgical solution for a deviated septum: (203) 453-6635.

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The Growing Trend In Teenage Rhinoplasty

The teenage years can, at their best, be daunting. From prom dates to acne, fears and insecurities abound. To complicate matters, with adolescence comes facial changes. The sinuses grow, enlarging and changing the shape of the face and jaw. The nose also changes shape and grows…and may become just one more thing thing to be self-conscious about.

A “nose job,” or rhinoplasty, is the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedure done during the teenage years. The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) indicates that the number of teenage clients receiving plastic surgery today is more than five times the number it was fifteen years ago.

teenage rhinoplasty in guilford ct | Dr. Gary Price It’s important to understand that like any cosmetic surgery, nasal surgery is a very personal decision. It is one of the most demanding of all cosmetic surgery procedures, especially for teens, and timing is critical. Operating on the nose before its growth has stabilized may result in unwanted nasal changes and disruption of facial growth.

Determining the appropriate age for rhinoplasty surgery is governed by many variables. Ideally, patients should have reached both emotional and physical maturity before proceeding with surgery. The optimum time is around the age of 16 for girls and after the age of 17 or 18 for boys. However, if there is a congenital defect or post-traumatic deformity that causes serious breathing problems, surgery may be done earlier.

For the most part, a rhinoplasty is irreversible and teens must understand the significance of their decision. The nose is located in the center of the face. Their appearance will be altered forever. However, the majority of patients who undergo rhinoplasty as teenagers report high levels of satisfaction.

If you are a teen or the parent of a teen who is considering rhinoplasty, it is important to clarify your goals and expectations and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Price. He will evaluate your request, discuss the procedure with you, answer any questions you may have and determine if you would be a good rhinoplasty candidate.

Call to schedule a consultation, today: (203) 453-6635.

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Rhinoplasty – More Than A Cosmetic Change

Rhinoplasty in Connecticut | Dr. Gary PriceRhinoplasty – colloquially known as a nose job – is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in America today. When a person has a nose that is not to their liking visually, it tends to become the focal point of their face and it can become a negative fixation, affecting confidence and self-esteem. This is the motivation behind the majority of rhinoplasty procedures.

However, there is much more to reconstructive or corrective nose surgery than cosmetic changes alone. For hundreds of thousands of Americans, significant health benefits can be gained through rhinoplasty.

If, for example, you at times find it difficult to breathe, there’s a good chance this is caused by an abnormality in the nasal structures. Not only are blocked nasal passages an irritation, but they are also a common cause of snoring and sometimes more serious respiratory issues. Fortunately, correcting the problem is relatively easy and does not have to impact the appearance of the nose. Since the majority of the work being carried out is internal, it’s possible to undergo a corrective procedure without a single noticeable mark on the surface.

We love to hear from patients looking to improve their appearance, but we’re even more delighted to help those with a genuine health issue we may be able to correct. With such simple, accessible, and affordable procedures available, there’s really nothing to gain from suffering in silence – give us a call to arrange a consultation or with any questions you may have.

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