Dr. Mitchell Blum
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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The septum is the cartilaginous wall that divides the nostrils from right to left. It is a very important supporting structure within the nose. If damaged or crooked, a deviated septum may cause severe nasal obstruction resulting in severe breathing problems. A deviated septum may also cause a crooked appearance to the nose, which patients often wish to have fixed while addressing functional problems.
Dr. Mitchell Blum in Tracy, CA also offers Balloon Sinuplasty for his patients with functional breathing challenges. This is a less invasive, state-of-the-art procedure, with a much faster recovery. The procedure is considered a breakthrough in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms.
Healthy men and women who are experiencing difficulty breathing through the nose may be excellent candidates for functional rhinoplasty. During a consultation, Dr. Mitchell Blum in Tracy, CA will work with you to help determine the best course of action that will deliver the most appealing results.
Dr. Mitchell Blum in Tracy, CA uses only the most advanced functional rhinoplasty techniques. As each nose is unique in both appearance and function, the procedure and technique are tailored to each patient’s individual aesthetic and functional needs. Rhinoplasty is usually performed under deep sedation or general anesthesia because of the increased level of complexity and time required.
A septoplasty refers to the surgical procedure in which the septum is straightened to either repair the “crooked” appearance of one’s nose or alleviate breathing problems. General anesthesia is common for septoplasty procedures. Dr. Blum in Tracy, CA uses a wide range of state-of-the-art techniques to fit each patient’s personalized needs.
Functional rhinoplasty and septoplasty are performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients return home a few hours after surgery. Length of recovery time depends on the complexity of the procedure and varies from patient to patient. Prescription pain medication is usually only required for the first few days. Mild discomfort, bruising, or swelling lasts 7 to 10 days. Most patients are able to return to work, school, or other daily activities within about one week. Avoidance of contact sports is recommended for about one month after surgery. Dr. Mitchell Blum in Tracy, CA reduces bruising and recovery time with the use of homeopathic and herbal options. Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.
Those patients considering rhinoplasty or septoplasty should carefully evaluate their surgeon’s credentials and training. Dr. Mitchell Blum is one of the only Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries, on patients from every age and background. Dr. Blum is double Board certified Head and Neck Surgeon, with extensive knowledge to deliver the best cosmetic results while safeguarding proper breathing function.