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Septoplasty: Improvement of breathing and nasal deviation through nasal septum repair

The nose serves an important cosmetic role, but it also serves a very important role in breathing.  As we breathe, the air during inhalation and exhalation is 'processed' through the nose, and we require an open nasal airway to efficiently process the air.  If the airway is blocked by a deviated septum, the air cannot travel back and forth, making it difficult for us to efficiently receive oxygen.  A deviated septum can cause problems with sinus infections, migraine headaches, snoring, breathing problems, and exercise.  Dr. Karamanoukian can provide you with many options for nasal septal repair that can help you breathe better.


Septoplasty is often covered by insurance if there is documented nasal obstruction or breathing problems associated with your condition.  Often, the insurance carriers will require documentation of conservative treatment and photographs of nasal obstruction for coverage and authorization. If insurance coverage is obtained, a portion of your septorhinoplasty will be covered depending on your individual insurance.

There are many medical reasons why septoplasty would be covered under insurance and our Los Angeles plastic surgery office will help you facilitate the insurance authorization process.  The nasal septum plays a crucial role in the functional airway of the nose as it divides the two nostrils and any deviation of the septal wall can cause obstruction of the nasal passage.  The septum is composed of a cartilaginous portion and a bony portion, both of which are subject to trauma if the nose is hit or broken.  Although the septum lends support to the nose, it is designed to buckle under trauma to avoid injury to the deeper neural tissue contained within the skull.  This mechanical ability to buckle makes the septum vulnerable to injury.  If there is deviation or a slant to the septum, the deviation is usually sinuous and can veer from side to side, causing proximal nasal obstruction on both sides.  During your septoplasty consultation in our Los Angeles plastic surgery office, Dr. Karamanoukian will determine the extent of septal deviation and recommend a treatment that corrects the septal deviation and corrects your functional breathing.


  1. Who is a candidate for septoplasty? There are many people with deviated septums who don't even realize that they have a problem with breathing, partly because they have become accustomed to the deviated septum and their breathing problems.  A blocked nasal airway due to septal deviation can be fixed with a simple operation that allows for a more open and efficient airway.  This may help ease problems with sinus infections, chronic headaches, snoring, and breathing problems. Septoplasty is an outstanding surgical procedure that can effectively open up the nasal airway, thus allowing you to breathe better.  If you are considering nasal surgery, inquire about septoplasty and the options available for you for septal repair during a rhinoplasty procedure.  


Septoplasty surgery is performed by Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS, a double board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.  Dr. Karamanoukian is a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine and is currently on faculty at the University of California Irvine Department of Plastic Surgery.  Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica can be performed safely in combination with a septoplasty procedure.  During your consultation for rhinoplasty or septoplasty, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian will perform a full examination of your nasal airway and nose to determine which particular type of procedure he would recommend for your nose surgery.  Unlike the rhinoplasty surgeries performed decades ago, rhinoplasty with Dr. Karamanoukian is individually tailored to fit your particular facial features. 

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