The nose is the most visible component of the face. It is a sign of character, but it can easily become a source of complex. Whether it is because of an overly large or short nose, a nasal hump or a nose deviation, nose imperfections and defects can be corrected with surgery. When a nose deviation also causes breathing difficulties, septoplasty can be performed to solve the issue. Septoplasty corrects septum deviations (wall separating the nostrils), but this procedure is not suited for every deviations.
Almost 80% of adults have a nose deviation, which is a very common nose defect. This defect can prevent breathing through the nose, but septum deviations do not systematically cause malformations or breathing issues. Septoplasty can use different techniques :
- Septoplasty can be performed by removing part of the septum obstructing the nostrils. This technique cannot correct the appearance of the nose.
- Surgeons commonly reshape the nasal septum. The septum can be straightened by weakening the cartilage of the curved areas of the nose.
- Surgeons can also remove the septum and place it back. Removing the deviated septum allows surgeons to reshape it before replacing it.
Who is septoplasty for ?
Septoplasty is primarily intended for patients with breathing difficulties. A significant septum deviation justifies this procedure. Discomfort is permanent in this case with one or two of the nostrils obstructed. Individuals presenting with a septum deviation are also prone to recurrent sinusitis because of sinus congestion. Septum deviation can sometimes result in nose deformity. In this case, rhinoplasty is often combined to septoplasty to correct the shape of the nose. In few instances, septoplasty is performed on patients with a deviation, but with no breathing issues. In those cases, nose asymmetry can be corrected by repositioning the structure of the nose (surgeons usually work on the lower edge of the septum).