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San Francisco Septoplasty

While many people like the way their nose looks, sometimes they have difficulty breathing through it. This can not only be frustrating, but it may hinder your lifestyle choices by making it difficult to perform certain activities. Breathing difficulties are commonly the result of a deviation in the septal cartilage deep in the nose or from large turbinates which are ridges inside the nose that help warm the air as it passes through your nasal passages. When either the septum or turbinates are abnormal, the airway passage is narrowed which constricts air flow.

Dr. David Sieber has advanced training in nasal surgery and commonly includes a septoplasty/turbinectomy as part of his rhinoplasty for those patients who have difficulty breathing through their noses.

Septoplasty and/or turbinectomy surgery can improve:*

  • Blocked nasal passage
  • Nose breathing

Quick Facts

  • Length: 1-2 hours
  • Anesthesia: General
  • Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
  • Side effects: swelling, bruising, stuffy nose
  • Recovery: 1-2 weeks

To find out more about a septoplasty or turbinectomy with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.

Septoplasty/Turbinectomy Technique

Septoplasty or turbinectomy surgery is performed as a same day surgery. If it is being performed as a part of a primary or revision rhinoplasty, then Dr. Sieber will use the same incision as the one for the rhinoplasty portion of your surgery. If it is being done independently, then Dr. Sieber will make an incision on the inside of the nose through which the excess cartilage will be removed. The turbinates can also be reduced from inside of the nose.

Preparing for Septoplasty/Turbinectomy Surgery

As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.

Recovery from Septoplasty/Turbinectomy Surgery

After surgery, you will will plastic splints inside of your nose which will be removed at your first post op appointment along with any sutures that were used to close your skin. You can expect some swelling for the first 1-2 weeks following surgery. This may cause you to experience some difficulty breathing out of your nose, but as the swelling goes down, your breathing should gradually improve.*


Q: How long after surgery before I notice an improvement in my breathing?

A: Within 1-2 weeks, you should notice a significant improvement in your breathing. You will notice an improvement immediately after surgery, but due to post-operative swelling, it takes a little bit of time to fully benefit from your surgery.*

Q: Is septoplasty/turbinectomy surgery covered by insurance?

A: If we can document that you do, in fact, have abnormal anatomy which is causing an airway obstruction then this procedure may be covered by your insurance company. However, any portion of the procedure which is not for improvement in airway obstruction is considered cosmetic and will not be covered by insurance.

Q: Will having septoplasty/turbinectomy surgery change the appearance of my nose?

A: Septoplasty/turbinectomy surgery affects those structures deep in the nose which impact airflow and breathing. Having your airway improved should not have any impact on the overall appearance of your nose.*

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.


I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the refresh Dr. Sieber did on my face using a combination of botox and fillers. I had a baby a year ago and my face looked completely deflated. It felt to me that I looked like I had aged 5 years instantly by having a baby over 40. Dr. Sieber looked closely at my face and listened to my desires and fears in terms of the results I was seeking. I really liked that he took a conservative approach and followed up to check in and tweak things once the fillers and I had time to settle in.*

Dr. Sieber is a caring, friendly and talented doctor. I had two long consultations (free of charge) before scheduling my BBL (Brazilian butt lift). The staff and Dr. Sieber made me feel calm and relaxed the day of surgery. The results are amazing. Dr. Sieber understands a woman’s body and totally changed the shape of mine. I could not recommend him highly enough. I now go to him for my Botox and Juvederm.*

Dr. Sieber was fantastic throughout the entire process. From the beginning, he was patient with my questions and never made me feel pressured about making a decision. Once deciding that I was going to move forward with a breast augmentation, he made sure that I understood the process of the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I could not be happier with the results!*

Dr. Sieber is the best. I interviewed with numerous doctors. He pays close attention to detail. He called and checked on me and my results on a regular basis. My tummy procedure exceeded my expectation.*

Dr Sieber was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me completely at ease during the consultation as well as during the actual procedure. He made sure that I understood each part of the process which went a long way in alleviating my fears…after all, this is my face!*

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results. All images feature models except for before and after images.

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Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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