How to Fix a Deviated Septum

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Hi there, Dr. Tansavatdi here. Today I’d like to answer some questions regarding septoplasty surgery. Now patients when they come in for consultation regarding rhinoplasty they often find that their septum is deviated, and they didn’t even know that it was. So what can we do to correct a deviated septum? Well, the surgery is called a septoplasty and that requires sometimes a closed approach which means we make an incision inside the nose, and we expose the crooked septum. Septoplasty Procedure Details We take out the part that’s crooked and then we close everything up. Now that is probably about 50% to 60% of my cases are closed. The closed approach doesn’t affect the shape of the nose. However, sometimes the septum is deviated and it also contributes to a crooked nose. As I explained in a previous video, I explained that the septum is like the wall of a house, and it separates the two sides of your nose. The wall can lean over to one side. If the wall leans, then the whole complex leans with it and the bridge of the nose also leans over to one side and your nose will look crooked. So when … Read More

How Do I Know If I Have a Deviated Septum

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Hi there, Dr. Tansavatdi here. Today, I’d like to answer a frequently asked question that I get when patients come in for a rhinoplasty consultation, and that is how do I know that I have a deviated septum. So, one of the ways that you would find out is if you plug one side of your nose, you should be able to breathe clearly through the other side. However, if your breathing sounds congested, it’s going to sound obstructed. That sound, that obstruction means that you probably have a deviated septum on that side. You would also want to plug the other side. So you’d go and try both sides to see which side is obstructing. The other way you would know is that if you are a side sleeper, and you sleep on one side more than the other and especially because if you sleep on one side and that improves your breathing and that is most likely that your septum is deviated. One other way you could tell is if your nose is crooked because the septum is deviated. My septum is this wall. Think of it as a wall that goes up to the roof of your … Read More

Dr. T Favorite Surgery

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Hello, Dr. Tansavatdi here. I often get patients who are interested in knowing what my favorite surgery is so I’m going to share a little bit about myself today. I do a lot surgeries on the face, and there’s a variety of surgeries I do. The surgery I enjoy doing the most is rhinoplasty, and the reason why is because rhinoplasties are very challenging. I don’t know what it is, but I love rising to challenges, and especially rhinoplasty surgery because the nose is in the center of your face. If you get this done poorly, everybody is going to see it. The tiniest moves or changes I do, even though it may take me a half hour to do it can make a huge difference in a patient’s face so I really enjoy that aspect of rhinoplasty surgery. It’s also something that you hone with many years of practice. Even today, rhinoplasty for me is still challenging even though I do a lot of it. I still find it fun and rewarding to do because every case is different, and I’m constantly trying to improve. To me, that is truly what an artist does. Thank you again for tuning … Read More

Can You Fly After Having Injectables

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Hi there, Dr. Tansavatdi here. Today I’d like to answer a question that we have from our Frequently Asked Questions list that has been submitted to us before. One of those questions is whether you can fly right after you’ve had an injection of fillers. I will tell you that you shouldn’t fly right after you gotten injected at least the same day or within a few days. I’ve actually had two of my own patients who had filler injections in the lips and then they flew the same day. Afterwards they commented to me that while they were on the plane their lips swelled up and their lips were really huge. I will tell you that I do not recommend flying and having filler injections the same day are a no-no and should be avoided. I will explain to you in a little bit about why the swelling happens. When you’re inside the plane, the aircraft is actually pressurized at 8000 feet. At 8000 feet, you’re actually getting about 25 percent less oxygen than you normally get at sea level. As you rise every 8000 feet, the oxygen level goes down by 25 percent or so which is why … Read More