Septoplasty in Denver, CO

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Septoplasty is a common nose surgery that corrects a deviated septum (the structure between the two nasal passages) to improve the patient's breathing. The septum, which is made of tissue and bone to support the airflow through the nose, can cause breathing issues during the day and at night (snoring and sleep apnea). South Denver area board-certified plastic surgeon and nose surgery specialist, Dr. Manish H. Shah is experienced in performing delicate septoplasty surgeries that straighten the septum for relief from symptoms while maintaining the appearance of the nose.

A deviated septum is a condition that can have many adverse effects on your everyday quality of life, including chronic sinus infections, poor breathing, poor sleep quality, and regular nosebleeds. If you have a deviated septum, Dr. Shah can help repair it with septoplasty surgery. Septoplasty at Shah Aesthetic Surgery offers several excellent potential benefits to individuals in Denver, CO and the surrounding areas, including:

  • Opening the nasal airways to facilitate easier breathing
  • Reducing risks of sinus infections and headaches
  • Improving sleep
  • Lessening snoring and sleep apnea risks
  • The procedure is routine, low-risk, and minimally invasive
  • Benefits can be experienced often within three days
  • Recovery time is short for a surgical procedure

If you are experiencing breathing difficulties, sleep problems, or other issues related to a deviated septum, you may be an ideal candidate for septoplasty in South Denver at Shah Aesthetic Surgery. Typical problems caused by a deviated septum can include snoring, sleep apnea, frequent sinus infections, congestion, restricted breathing, and more. During your consultation, Dr. Shah will examine you and listen to your concerns to ensure that you are a perfect candidate for septoplasty. Younger candidates should be at least 17 – 18 years old for boys and 16 for girls.

Surgical Technique

During septoplasty surgery, the deviated septum structure is reshaped through an incision made inside the nose. The surgeon will lift and separate the septum tissue to fully access the misaligned bone and cartilage. The surgeon will close the incision with sutures and place a splint inside the nose to align the septum as it heals. Some surgeons may use nose packing to help control bleeding.

During/After Surgery

As an outpatient procedure, septoplasty is performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between 1 and 2 hours. Recovery takes between 7 and 10 days. Patients should expect bruising and swelling under the eyes and around the nose immediately after the procedure. The final results will not set in for 3 months or longer after surgery.

My nose is so cute and natural looking - Always wanted a rhinoplasty, also struggled for a long time with breathing and figured a septoplasty would suit me. After doing a lot of research into the best doctor I landed on Dr. Shah. His experience and credentials are beyond what I saw for other doctors in my area. His personality is really what sold me however! he is so easy to talk to and really you can tell he is a compassionate person who cares about his patients overall health and happiness. I am so happy with my nose, my sleeping has improved cause I can finally breathe. Also its so cute and natural looking, I was a little concerned going into this that I would end up with a cookie cutter snapchat nose, but looking at myself its almost as if I was born with it! However it is a long healing process but I am very confident that despite it changing from day to day (I am only 6 weeks out) its going to end up amazing :)

G. RealSelf

My nose is so cute and natural looking - Always wanted a rhinoplasty, also struggled for a long time with breathing and figured a septoplasty would suit me. After doing a lot of research into the best doctor I landed on Dr. Shah. His experience and credentials are beyond what I saw for other doctors in my area. His personality is really what sold me however! he is so easy to talk to and really you can tell he is a compassionate...

G. RealSelf

I cannot express how much Dr Shah's experience has meant to me. I inquired about a rhinoplasty surgery and has contemplated it for quite some time. I had heard and saw first hand Dr. Shah's work from a close friend and loved it! I set up my consult through Joel (who is so helpful with the process and noting everything I was wanting) . Dr Shah went through every step, including what exactly happened during the surgical procedure (for those who are interested he has videos of the surgeries on his Instagram account) so that I would fully prepared for everything. Not only was he in depth, but he was willing to answer every question. I was apprehensive when it came to the image itself - I wasn't sure if it grasped what I wanted. We emailed back and fourth and he calmed my nerves explaining that my goals were able to be achieved and that I had nothing to worry about. I think my biggest apprehension was that it was just new - smaller and more symmetrical. It has nothing to do with his actual rendering, I was just not used to how my face would look. Leading up to the surgery, Dr. Shah and his team really took their time to go over exactly what to expect and projected timeline on healing. Brenda makes sure you are ready to go for the surgery with information and medications to go home. The morning of, we got up nice and early and were greeted by the amazing surgical staff. I will say the procedure went very smoothly and my nurses were so sweet. The anesthesiologist Lee is also wonderful calling the night before to go over everything! I was a little tired after waking up and had some intense bruising. After care is so important (as was before the surgery). I followed my instructions to a T. Adding more protein, taking all my medications and most importantly RESTING! Ice packs were my best friend in between my naps. After just seven days my sutures and splints all came off (it was a little uncomfortable but not bad) and the results made me immediately cry. This was MY nose, but it was perfect! I previously had large nostrils and a downward facing deviated septum, but not anymore! I have exactly what I've always wanted and I feel it has made my face seem more symmetrical. I couldn't be happier. Once everything was off, Dr. Shah showed me all the taping and compression techniques which I have loved. I went home that day and switched to some heat packs and saline solution (no blowing the nose yet!). These techniques have been amazing (especially the compressions and taping, helps the swelling SO much) and as of today, my nose is further in the healing process than we had anticipated! I really owe that to my routine and medications - they work amazing. I have never felt so comfortable with a medical team. Each and every member will make you feel welcomed and heard. Thank you all but especially Dr. Shah for being so supportive and talented. I will be forever grateful for you!

R.J. Google

Life changing! I can breathe so much easier! - Dr. Shah gave me a septoplasty to repair my deviated septum. Before the surgery I could barely ever breathe out of my right nostril and both nostrils were frequently completely blocked, especially if I was eating hot food. This surgery changed my life! I can breath so much easier! It has completely changed how I get to experience eating. My only regret is that I waited so long to get this procedure.

C. RealSelf

He greatly improved the asymmetry and made the size fit my face - Back in my twenties, my nose was broken and I had a Rhinoplasty. The asymmetry in the tip and general size were not addressed at that time. I also had chronic sinus issues from a deviated septum. Fast forward almost 20 years, and A LOT of research, I decided to go with Dr. Shah. He specializes in challenging cases like mine. Not only, was he, and all his staff kind and professional throughout the process, he is a true artist. He greatly improved the asymmetry, and made the size fit my face. My husband says it is the “movie star version” of my old nose, and I couldn’t agree more. My breathing has also already improved! I expect over the next several months to have improved sinus issues as well, as the internal swelling goes down. The only regret is not having done this sooner and I couldn’t recommend him more!!! Thank you Dr. Shah!

E. RealSelf


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A septoplasty can help alleviate the breathing issues associated with a deviated septum, allowing you to breathe easy again. Dr. Shah and his team at Shah Aesthetic Surgery can create a customized treatment plan that best fits your needs. Learn more by contacting us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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ENT for Surgery?
Even though most ENT specialists are able to perform septoplasty, they do not have the skills to preserve the look and shape of the nose like plastic surgeons do. Patients should find a cosmetic surgeon that can perform both a septoplasty and rhinoplasty at the same time.
Breathing Problems?
Even though septoplasty is used to correct breathing problems, some patients undergo septoplasty to correct medical issues from a deviated septum. However, a loss of cartilage or bone and cartilage grafting can change the appearance of the nose. Highly skilled surgeons with experience in septoplasty knows the technique needed to make natural and subtle changes.
Common Causes?
The most common cause of a deviated septum is birth trauma because most individuals are born with a deviated septum. As people age, the symptoms gradually worsen. Even though a majority of adults have a deviated septum, not everyone has severe symptoms that require surgery. Another common cause is trauma later in life.


This blog gives you all the information you might want about the most difficult procedure in cosmetic surgery, written by Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS, a specialist in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and ethnic rhinoplasty surgery located in South Denver.

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