Septo/rhinoplasty with Turbinate Reduction - Ohio

I broke my nose as a child and have had a crooked...

I broke my nose as a child and have had a crooked nose and difficulty breathing since. The breathing seemed to be getting worse, so I finally went to an ENT doc, who suggested I also talk to a plastic surgeon about fixing the crookedness of my nose.

I did, and decided on the above procedure. The doc also suggested shortening my nose, so the profile would look a bit better, which he did.

Overall, I'm fine with the rhinoplasty part of this. Nose is still swollen, so it's a bit hard to tell for sure, but I feel like I still look like me, so that's good.

But, as to the septoplasty part, I am very concerned. I'm told my septum was in an S-shape, cutting off air to both nostrils, and that my turbinates were too large. Surgeon was supposed to straighten the septum and reduce the turbinates.

That was two weeks ago. The septum appeared straight for the first three days, but then appeared to start obstructing the right nostril, as it had done before, by the 4th day. Further, the outside of the right nostril starting to become concave, instead of convex (I think I'm using those terms correctly).

I'm now two weeks out from surgery. My surgeon agrees there might be a problem with the septum, and I'm worried. Aesthetically, I don't much care - I'd prefer my nostrils to be generally similarly shaped, but I'll live. I'm more worried about function. It's hard to tell for sure how much it's affecting my breathing right now, because my nose is still a bit swollen and still pretty stuffed up from dried mucous in the nostrils leftover from the last couple of weeks.

So, I'm not sure if the septoplasty part of this was worth it or not. I really hope it is, that was the driving force in me getting this surgery.

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Wife had sinus surgery 8 months ago. Her condition has worsened considerably. Polyps grew back in force and scar tissue not helping either. She now lives with a constant sinus infection.
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I had the surgery 11 months ago. The 1st week or so my septum was straight..normal looking but after another week....it went back to the same ole way it was before surgery. My breathing is being obstructed again as well. I'm very disappointed as I have struggled (personally) with my crooked nose all my life.
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i have done septoplasty last week and the results are, that my nose is close off even worse, and looks the same however the looking of my nose was suppose to be improved . But nothing was improved ! waisted time and 4000$
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so what is the final result? I am looking at having a septoplasty with turbine reduction as well. The driving force of my decision is to breathe from both sides of my nose at the same time!
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Who was your doctor? Was he the ENT or the PS? What has happened since? Do you need a second surgery? I'm having my septum operated on in a few weeks and I would love to hear more. Although I don't breathe well now, I'm worried about the surgery making it worse.
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I see what you mean. Thanks so much for including the photo. It really helps. It's been several more weeks now and I'm wondering how you're healing. Is your nostril still feeling closed off?

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