This statement may sound a bit melodramatic, but studies have shown that sufferers of sleep apnea may have up to a 30% increased chance of death, including having a heart attack.
The trouble is that sleep apnea is a bit of an umbrella term for many different disorders – including something known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sufferers of OSA have been finding that septoplasty can help when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
The other part is a machine known as CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, which helps to deliver the right level of oxygen to the individual whilst they are asleep. Obviously, for those with a deviated septum or other nasal obstructions, the effect of such a machine and the flow of air through the nose will be limited by the obstruction.
Hence, a septoplasty procedure can help to improve this airflow, allowing the CPAP machine to work effectively, thus reducing or eliminating sleep apnea symptoms. The best news is that this is usually also covered by medical insurance as it is a functional change and not merely cosmetic.
This may or may not be the case for a revision rhinoplasty, in which Dr. Naderi is a specialist. Revision rhinoplasty is used to correct work previously carried out. For example, a cosmetic rhinoplasty may have damaged the airflow, increasing the impact of sleep apnea. If this is the case, then a specialist surgeon like Dr. Naderi can carry out a revision procedure to restore the function and correct the shape of the nose in the process.
It’s been reported that patients can experience up to a tenfold increase in nasal function post-septoplasty. Just as with rhinoplasty, septoplasty does require time for recovery. When it’s your health that is at stake, however, that isn’t such a high price to pay.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, septoplasty, facelifts, revision and plastic surgery, and non-invasive procedures, please contact the Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.