The septum separates the two sides of the nose, creating the nasal passageways. When this wall is perforated, air can flow through the hole, drying out the inside of the nose. Septal perforations can be caused by trauma, illness, drug use or other damage. If the hole is unable to heal on its own, a septal repair may be needed. Dr. Gary Linkov is an experienced nose plastic surgeon that can perform this outpatient correction at our clinic in New York City.
The nasal tissues are susceptible to damage, including the septum. The majority of the nose structure is made from cartilage and soft tissues that can be easily damaged. If an instrument punctures the septum during a procedure or accident, a hole can be left open between the nasal passages. Other causes like continuous cocaine use, fungal infections or certain medications cut off blood flow to the cartilage and lead to damage of the septum.
Correcting Septal Damage
In some cases, a septum heals on its own. If the nasal passages are kept moist and protected, the hole may heal over. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The perforation can become crusty, bleed and obstruct breathing. Many people are annoyed by a whistling sound in their nose. If the perforation does not heal, it can become larger, leading to a nasal valve collapse or a saddle nose deformity.
Correcting a septal perforation is best done in the earliest stages. Small holes are repaired at our clinic and may not require major nasal reconstruction. If the hole is allowed to become larger, the repair is more complex. Dr. Linkov will perform a thorough examination and determine the best option for correcting septal perforation damage. Contact our office in Manhattan to schedule a consultation to determine the right solution to repair your septal perforation.