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What Is Septoplasty?

While rhinoplasty is used to correct the appearance of the nose, septoplasty addresses a deviated septum. The nasal septum is the cartilage inside the nose that separates the nostrils, and a deviated septum is a condition in which the septum is misaligned. This condition can develop congenitally or result from an injury. Patients with a deviated septum may suffer from functional abnormalities related to the nose, such as obstructed airways or recurrent nosebleeds.

Dr. Chin also offers cosmetic facial surgery for patients looking to improve their appearance, along with the functionality of their noses.

What Are the Benefits of Septoplasty?

  • Restores natural breathing through the nasal airways
  • Eliminates facial pain associated with a deviated septum
  • Prevents frequent nosebleeds caused by a deviated septum
  • Helps straighten a crooked nose
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What Can Be Achieved With Septoplasty?

People who struggle with a deviated septum may experience snoring or breathing problems that negatively affect their quality of life. A septoplasty can adjust the septum to restore natural, unobstructed nasal passageways, improving airflow through the nose.

When combined with rhinoplasty, septoplasty can enhance nasal function and also create pleasing nasal contours that will complement the rest of your facial features. Since a misshapen nose is often a point of insecurity, this combination of procedures can help increase your confidence.

What Will My Septoplasty Procedure Be Like?

During your procedure, Dr. Chin will make an incision inside of your nose to gain access to the septum. This is usually performed at the time of a rhinoplasty procedure. Then, the septum is straightened, and any excess or damaged cartilage is removed. Splints may be used to hold the nasal passage in its new position as it heals.


A: Septoplasty can be done under local or general anesthesia and is usually an outpatient procedure.
A: Septoplasty is performed using an incision is made within the nostrils, so no visible scarring will be present. However, if your procedure is combined with rhinoplasty, Dr. Chin uses an open approach for maximum visualization of the nasal passages, which involves an incision on the underside of the columella between the nostrils. In that case, some minor, inconspicuous scarring may develop, but it can usually be hidden with makeup and will fade over time.
A: Nasal packing may be placed in the nostrils to pack the reshaped cartilage into place and prevent any shifting. Patients do not usually experience significant bruising unless they have a rhinoplasty procedure performed alongside their septoplasty. Patients must take care to avoid any injury or trauma to the nose while it is healing. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their procedure.
A: Septoplasty offers long-term results, but at some point, it is possible for the cartilage in the nose to reposition itself over time, once again obstructing natural airways. In this case, you may need to have the surgery done again depending on how fast your body repositions the new cartilage.

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