How can I fix a deviated septum without surgery?
I'm only interested in correcting the appearance of a deviated septum, not the nasal congestion, which is obviously not as easy to correct. My nose is slightly deviated to the right and, even though most people can't see it, I do. What is the easiest way to solve this problem?
It is going to depend on your individual anatomy, but non-surgical rhinoplasty works for my septal deviation. The doctor can inject filler to one side of the nose to add some volume and make the two sides look more even. They will show you a 3-D image of what you will look like after the procedure so that you can make changes and perfect the plan before the injection. Plus, the procedure is very simple, and you can continue on with your day afterwards with no problem. Depending on the filler used, the effects will last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years before you need another injection. Like you said, though, this does not help the internal problems. To fix this you will need to get plastic surgery (septoplasty). Have you ever tried the RespiFacile? It is a nasal dilator and has definitely helped me with the nasal congestion. I use mine at night for my septal deviation.
I suffered a nasal injury a few years ago that caused to me have a deviated nasal septum. Yes, I do have to deal with nasal congestion, but the appearance of my nose bothers me. After a few years of having a strange-looking nose, I decided to see what I could do about it. However, I really wanted a solution that would allow me to avoid a septoplasty. I consulted a cosmetic surgeon to see if anything could be done. As far as being able to correct my deviated septum, there's isn't a non-surgical approach. A deviated septum involves some change to the bone structure which needs to be corrected to clear the nasal passages. This cannot be done without surgery. The best I could do is improve the appearance of the deviated septum. While a non-surgical approach is merely cosmetic, it can only be done in certain cases. My cosmetic surgeon said that it would be possible to alter the appearance of my deviated septum using non-surgical rhinoplasty. I decided to undergo a non-surgical rhinoplasty. So far, the appearance of my nose has improved, but I still have nasal obstruction which I need to address when I get enough courage (and money) to go under the knife.
I had a crooked-looking nose from my deviated septum that I thought looked really horrible even though my friends all told me it wasn't noticeable. My plastic surgeon suggested that I try the non-surgical rhinoplasty, and my experience was great. The whole procedure took less than an hour and was done right in the office. On my appointment before the actual injection, I got to see an image of what my nose and face would look like, and the doctor even made a few changes that I requested. Basically they use the filler to try to change the angles and shadows and fill in any areas that are not symmetric with the opposite side. I got the results I wanted without having to undergo a surgical procedure. Like you said, though, this will not fix the internal structure of your nose which may be causing other symptoms. To correct issues like having breathing difficulties you will have to go to an ENT surgeon to get invasive deviated septum surgery.
There are definitely some options for changing the appearance of a deviated septum. It's not much different than going in for any other type of nose augmentation. I first used the Nasal Valve Support and then went on to have a Juvederm filler injection. I have had the nasal valve for 2 years now. It's convenient and no type of surgery or implantation was required. However, it only fixed the asymmetry (somewhat) when I'm wearing it. The Juvederm injection, which lasts for up to a year, made all the difference. You may also want to explore the permanent filler that is becoming more popular. I don't know too many doctors who use it, so it may require traveling long distances for treatment, depending on your location. Nasal breathing, sinus infections, sleep apnea, and nasal inflammation is not going to be fixed without a septoplasty.