Septoplasty needs to be performed
with preservation of the support by the septal cartilage along the nasal top
(dorsum) and the bottom of the nasal septum – preservation of the "
L-strut" . This preventsboth the “saddle
deformity” of the mid-nasal vault and disruption of the septal
tip support. If performed correctly the nose
will remain strong. Turbinate surgery
does not decrease on the strength of nasal support, whether cartilage or bone. I allow my patients to blow nose
several days after surgery once most of the bleeding subsides. For comfort of my
patients I do not pack the nose after
surgery, and I thus ease the post-op recovery.
A septoplasty is an operation to reshape the bone and cartilage in the midline of the nose. The procedure is performed in a manner to improve nasal function and avoid weakening the nose.
A septoplasty and turbinate surgery should not make the nose any weaker as long as an adequate amount of dorsal and caudal support are left intact for structural integrity of the nose. In our practice patients are able to start blowing the nose gently at two weeks after the surgery and are asked to refrain from physical activity for 2 weeks as well