Deviated Septum in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics, provide surgery for a deviated septum for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.

What is the nasal septum?

Your nasal septum is the central wall that separates the left and the right side of your nasal airway.  If this structure is curved, buckled, or twisted, you may experience trouble breathing, develop frequent nosebleeds, or even recurrent sinus infections.  Additionally, if the twisted part of the septum is along the front of the nose, it can also make your nose look crooked.

Most people with nasal septum deformity are born with it, whereas others may have developed a deformity after a trauma to their face and nose.  People are rarely born with a perfectly straight septum; in fact, many live with a deviated septum and have no problems at all.

How is a septoplasty performed?

A septoplasty may be performed with the aid of an endoscope, and it involves the correction or removal of the affected segment of the septal cartilage and bone.  Meticulous examination of the nose before the surgery is essential for improvement of the nasal airway after septoplasty.  A number of studies have reported the success rate for a septoplasty may range from 43 to 85%!

Siegel NS, Gliklich RE, Taghizadeh F, et al. Outcomes of septoplasty. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 122:228-232, 2000

Illum P. Septoplasty and compensatory inferior turbinate hypertrophy: Long-term results after randomized turbinoplasty. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 254: S89-92, 1997

Fjermedal O, Saunte C, Pederson S. Septoplasty and/or submucous resection? 5 years nasal septum operations. J Laryngol Otol. 102: 796-798, 1988

Becker SS, Dobratz EJ, Stowell N, et al. Revision septoplasty: Review of sources of persistent nasal obstruction. Am J Rhinol 22, 440-444, 2008

What causes unsuccessful septoplasty?

One reason for an unsuccessful septoplasty is that the surgeon failed to recognize that there were other nasal airway problems.  While septal deviation may be one of the most common problems seen in patients with nasal airway obstruction, there are other important structures that need to be considered in order to have a functional nasal airway.  Studies have shown that in patients who have persistent nasal airway obstruction after septoplasty, it is the nasal valve problem that was frequently missed from the initial evaluation.  See (Nasal Valve Collapse) to learn more about nasal valve problems.

Becker SS, Dobratz EJ, Stowell N, et al. Revision septoplasty: Review of sources of persistent nasal obstruction. Am J Rhinol 22, 440-444, 2008

Gillman GS, Egloff AM, Rivera-Serrano CM. Revision septoplasty: a prospective disease-specific outcome study. Laryngoscope. 2014; 124(6): 1290-1295

Chambers KJ, Horstkotte KA, Shanley K. Evaluation of improvement in nasal obstruction following nasal valve correction in patients with a history of failed septoplasty. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015; 17(5): 347-350

How long does it take to recover from a septoplasty?

This depends on the extent of the procedure.  Some patients may require more than just a simple septoplasty.  For example, patients may need a combined septoplasty and nasal valve repair procedure.  If it is a simple septoplasty, or endonasal approach (“closed”) nasal valve repair procedure, patients will often return to work in a few days.  Most patients do not require any nasal packing, and should be able to breathe through their nose after a few days.  Sutures are placed inside the nose and will eventually dissolve.

If the patient required septoplasty with more extensive nasal surgery, such as the functional open rhinoplasty, patients will have a small incision under the nose and possibly a splint outside the nose.  The small suture under the nose and the splint outside the nose will be removed at day 7 after the surgery.  Patients may resume desk activities a few days after the surgery, but outdoor activity or exertion should be avoided for about 10 days.  Aerobic exercises may be resumed after 2 weeks with intensity increased gradually thereafter.

What are the benefits of septoplasty?

Some of the benefits of a septoplasty include:

  • If a deviated septum is obstructing the nasal airway, a septoplasty will help you breathe better.
  • In some cases, a septoplasty will restore the compromised natural clearance of the sinuses.
  • If the problems with your nasal septum make your nose appear crooked, a septoplasty may improve your appearance.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.


Plastic Surgeon in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY


Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I was working in Central New York and had an upcoming event and needed to get 2 areas of Dystport done. They were able to accommodate my schedule( as it was short notice) Dr. Kim’s entire staff was so friendly and welcoming!! During the procedure , even Nurse Dan held my hand and kept me smiling the whole time!! I was incredibly impressed with Dr Kim as he made sure he took the time to explain the process as well as not “ being rushed” something I have experienced with previous Doctors. I live in Florida but will be seeing Dr Kim from now on, and will be recommending their office to my fellow New Yorkers! It’s been almost 2 weeks since my appointment and the results are amazing!!! So happy! Thank you so much Dr Kim, Mary and the rest of the staff !

- michele goodwin

Dr. Kim is a world-class facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been to the top surgeons in the country from Beverly Hills to Miami and I found Dr. Kim to be superior. His face and neck lift were flawless and so natural that no one could tell I had anything done, but everyone said I looked ten years younger. As Syracuse is a discreet location, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a top notch face and neck lift to fly in. His bedside manner is as fantastic as his work. I can’t recommend Dr. Kim enough. I think he is the best Facial plastic surgeon in the country.

- Shelly Cohen

I am very happy with Dr. Kim and all of his staff. Not only did I have a surgical procedure done but I also go there every week for allergy shots and they couldn't be nicer. And Dr. Kim is awesome - - great bedside manner! I highly recommend them!!!

- Sheila Guenette

57 years old and wanted to start my new path in life retired...not looking tired! I did extensive research and sought out 5 surgeon recommendations. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Sang Kim for several reasons: 1 - He specialized in and only performs /neck surgeries, 2 - Dr. Kim is younger and probably more newly established, but there was no doubt that he is a perfectionist and a professional in his field, 3 - He is patient and really listens. I felt confident and trusted that he was giving me his best recommendation for my concerns, 4 - He didn't try to push unnecessary or extra procedures, 5 - I was impressed by how obvious it was that Dr. Kim's administrative and medical staff liked him and respected his work. But most of all, I am extremely satisfied with the results of my face lift!

- Shannon F

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim. He is the most patient, professional, and personable physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Instead of being rushed through the practice, every member of his staff made me feel welcome and important from the moment I walked through the door. He wouldn't perform a single procedure on me until he fully answered every minute question I had (all of which he eloquently and candidly answered); you can tell that his formal training was exceptional. His bedside manner and skilled technique easily make him one of the best kept secrets in Syracuse. I have referred numerous friends to him who have also, in turn, referred their friends. Make the consult and see for yourself... you won't be disappointed!

- Deanna Hillman

Dr. Kim and his staff were incredible. I had a face lift done this past summer and I was treated with dignity and respect by everyone. Dr. Kim is an exceptional surgeon and one of the nicest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his entire staff. I recently went back to Dr. Kim for injections. Again my experience was wonderful. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect. I didn't bruise and I love the fact that he doesn't overdo. He and his staff are just incredible. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

- Debbie Ely

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