Do I have a deviated septum? If yes, how severe is it and is there a way to fix it without surgery? (photos)
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Deviated nasal septum
Non-surgical rhinoplasty will not be helpful. You need nasal septoplasty and perhaps rhinoplasty.
From what I see here, without any other views, based on your history of not being able to breathe, it seems to be that you do, indeed, have a deviated septum inside your nose, just leaning to the side where you cannot breath.
There is no non-surgical option to correct that problem. If you are having trouble sleeping, that is misery and you really ought to have it corrected. There is no reason to suffer. If you are happy with the outside of your nose, the inside can be done separately. You can have rhinoplasty during the same surgical session if you wish to improve the appearance of your nose.
The most common procedure to restore healthy breathing is a nasal septoplasty and turbinate resection to further improve the airway. It is all done internally with no external incisions. All stitches dissolve. It is a great operation done hundreds of thousands of times a year in the United States. It is one of the 10 most common operations performed in many surgical centers.
You need a consultation with a nasal surgeon who is very experienced in correcting internal nasal blockage. A full exam will include looking into the back of the nose, making sure there are no other issues.Some people are actually born with a narrow nasal passage, and that needs to be ruled out as a cause.
The most important mission is to have a complete and thorough consultation and have the procedure explained to you. Recovery is prompt with little discomfort.
Robert Kotler, MD, FACS