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SMYTHE RICH, MD
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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Facial Plastic Surgery

Nasal Airway Surgery
(Septoplasty)

Performed by Dr. Smythe Rich in our Columbia, SC Location.
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Septoplasty is the surgical procedure performed to correct the shape of the septum. The septum is the partition that divides the nostrils. The septum has two major functions: support the nose and the mucous membranes of the nose and regulate airflow into the nasal cavity. A septoplasty is often needed when a patient is undergoing a reductive rhinoplasty (reducing the size of the nose). More common however, a septoplasty is performed to correct a deviated septum, ensuring better airflow into the nose. A septoplasty is done in an outpatient setting and takes approximately one hour. Recovery symptoms are similar to that of a cold, patients complain of stuffiness. This will lessen as the tissue heals and swelling decreases. Full recovery is expected in approximately seven days.

Turbinate Reduction

Performed by Dr. Smythe Rich in our Columbia, SC Location.
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Turbinate Reduction is a conservative procedure done under local anesthesia to improve breathing. During this procedure the enlarged turbinates are targeted using a laser. The laser trim the turbinates to ensure better breathing. Sometimes, Turbinate Reduction is paired with a septoplasty for optimum results. Turbinate Reduction does not require down time, patients generally return to regular activities the next day.

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