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Will Septoplasty Change the Outside Shape of my Nose?

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Septoplasty

Septoplasty itself should not change the outward appearance of the nose too much. It may make it look a bit wider in the mid vault and may correct nasal curvatures.


New York Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty and Appearance Change

It all depends on you pre op appearance and what the septoplasty is designed to do and must to to help you breath better.   If you nose is crooked, it should end up straighter.    If you are simply having a septoplasty to aid the airway and your nose is in centric position then the septoplasty should not change the appeaarance of your nose.  Discuss this with you ABPS certified surgeon and your will get together his plans and your goals.  It is best when surgeon and patoent plan the same operation with the same goals.  Good Luck     Dr Commons

Will Septoplasty Change the Outside Shape of my Nose?

Usually not, but it depends on the degree of deviation, the external appearance of the bridge of the nose, and other factors. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski

Will Septoplasty Change the Outside Shape of my Nose

Regarding: "Will Septoplasty Change the Outside Shape of my Nose?"

It depends.

If your septal deviation does not extend to the back of the nose, than the correction of it should not extend there. However, if the deviation does involve the dorsum then as part of correcting the septal deviation the nose would look different after a septoplasty.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Deviation of the nasal septum doesn’t affect nasal aesthetics.

In the vast majority of patients, deviation of the nasal septum doesn’t affect nasal aesthetics.Under these circumstances, it would be unusual for septoplasty to change the appearance of the nose.
Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for septal deviation to involve the dorsal septum (front of the nose) and caudal septum (area between the nostrils). Under these circumstances, the nasal structures can be severely distorted by the curved and twisting underlying nasal septum.When this situation arises, patients usually require both rhinoplasty and septoplasty.

Septoplasty and Nasal Shape

Thank you for your question. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure which generally entails modification of the cartilage of the nasal septum. It is undertaken to improve symptomatic nasal airway obstruction when deviation or crookedness of the septum is judged to contribute to those symptoms. In most cases, septoplasty will not change the outside shape of the nose. If you find your nasal appearance to be unsatisfactory, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is undertaken to improve the shape and/or size of the outside of the nose. For individualized advice, consult with a qualified nasal surgeon about your concerns. Good luck to you.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Simple septoplasty should not change the shape of your nose

The degree of change in the shape of your septum is determined by the type of septoplasty you underdo. I conducted a study on changes in the shape of the nose after various septoplasty maneuvers (on cadavers). The study showed that aggressive septoplasty maneuvers can change the shape of the nose. It is important that your surgeon discusses these issues if you are undergoing a larger septal reconstruction. 

 

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Dr. Zoumalan

Richard A. Zoumalan, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Will a septoplasty change the external appearance of the nose?

A standard septoplasty does not change the outward appearance of the nose.

If there's deviation of the columella or base of the nose, a septoplasty may help.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty should not change shape of nose

It is unlikely that the septoplasty would change the shape of your nose. However, if you have a deviation at the base or on the dorsum, then your surgeon may try to correct this as well.

Ryan Greene, MD, PhD
Fort Lauderdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Will septoplasty change the shape of the nose?

 No, a  septoplasty is performed on the internal back portion of the nose to remove  bone and cartilage that is blocking the airflow in the back of the nose. A septoplasty will not change the shape of the nose at all, only improve airflow dynamics through it. A rhinoplasty is done for cosmetic purposes. Both a rhinoplasty and septoplasty can be performed simultaneously, but they're 2  completely different operations

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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