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I just had a septoplasty to correct my severely deviated septum, and how long does it take to heal?

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Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
A few months: Most of the swelling should be gone in a few weeks but it will take a few months for all the healing to occur. Most people can resume normal activiteis within two weeks although you should avoid trauma to your nose for a month or two.
Dr. Houtan Chaboki
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Days/weeks: Your surgeon should advise you, as each patient is unique. Septoplasty, surgery for a deviated septum, can help improve nasal breathing, congestion, or snoring for appropriate patients. The initial healing is relatively quick, with patients commonly back to work within a few days. Patients are still healing after this period, but have more or less returned to daily function.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Septoplasty: You should follow your surgeon's postop instructions. You may have a little swelling in your nose that last several weeks.

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