I have a deviated nasal septum, would having a septoplasty operation straighten the external appearance of my nose if the deviation is the primary reason of the bump on my nose? thanks :)
Will Septoplasty Get Rid of the Bump on my Nose?
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Septoplasty will not achieve dorsal hump reduction
Unfortunately a septoplasty will not address the bump on your nose (dorsal hump). Your septum can be straightened and your breathing improved without altering the external appearance of your nose. Lowering the bump is straightforward, but separate from septoplasty.
No, a septoplasty will not reduce the bump on your nose unfortuately, however you can have a rhinoseptoplasty which can take care of both at the same time.
Isolated Septoplasty and Nasal Appearance
Isolated Septoplasty, without certain maneuvers used in Rhinoplasty (osteotomies), is not going to straighten a crooked nose. Likewise, Rhinoplasty alone without a Septoplasty is likely to be equally unsuccessful in straightening a crooked nose. Septoplasty alone will not remove a bump from the top of the nose or change the appearance of the nasal tip. Septoplasty is designed and works as a functional procedure that can assist a cosmetic procedure (Rhinoplasty), but is not a cosmetic procedure.
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Will septoplasty get rid of the bump on my nose...
If you are diagnosed with a nasal septal deviation, it means your septum has a curve to it. During Septoplasty surgery your surgeon will remove some cartilage and straighten the remaining septum to help you breathe better. While correcting a deviated septum can improve the base of the nose if it is causing a twist in it, a septoplasty would do nothing for the bump on your nose. Many patients add a Rhinoplasty to their Septoplasty surgery to change the appearance of the nose. Your surgeon will normally file down the bone for the bump to disappear and do a osteotomy to make it even straighter.
If you have a severe enough deviation most insurance companies will cover the cost of the correction of it and you would just have to pay for the addition of the Rhinoplasty. I would schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
Septoplasty and correcting bump on the nose
Septoplasty does not cahnge external appearrance of the nose
No, a Septoplasty will remove crooked sections, of the septum, but has no effect on the external appearance of the nose. A bump, on the nose would require a Rhinoplasty surgery.
Yes--if the deviation is in the right place
The septum extends from the floor of the nose to the top of the bridge--any part can be deviated. If the deviation is only inside, your nasal shape will not change. If it is external and due to septal curvature, septal surgery can make the nose much straighter--as long as the cartilage is used as spreader grafts (internal valvular grafts) to align the septum. A septal graft can also be used to camouflage an asymmetry--something that I often do for patients with noses that are crooked on front view but straight from the side.
My published airway research shows that valvular problems are even more important than septal deviation as causes of airway obstruction. Make sure that your surgeon addresses them for an optimal result. Good luck.
Septoplasty and external appearance
Septoplasties can change the external appearance of the nose, but in rare circumstances. Typically, septoplasties in conjunction with rhinoplasty (Septorhinoplasty) will have the effect of straightening the septum, and change the external appearance of the nose.
Septoplasty and the bump on the nose
Straightening the septum may well straighten the nose. However it may not as other factors could be causing the crooked appearance. A septoplast in and of itself does not correct dorsal bumps. That is part of a rhinoplasty. Unfortunately, many surgeons will claim this for insurance purposes.
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