Will septoplasty make my nose normal again? As in, make it look like it used to before the deviated caudal septum?

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Caudal septal deviation

  A caudal septal deviation is a deviation of the septum near the opening of the nostril. Frequently a caudal septal deviation can be seen projecting into the nostril just above the columella. Many different approaches may be used to correct a caudal septal deviation including repositioning the septum in the midline or in more severe cases replacing the caudal septum. In some cases a caudal septal deviation can cause deviation of the nose or nasal tip. If this is the case then correction of a caudal septal deviation may improve nasal deviation.


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty to make the nose normal again?

A formal septoplasty does not usually change the shape of the nose, a rhinoplasty is performed for that purpose. From the base view of the nostrils, a caudal septum can be addressed with a septoplasty procedure to improve airflow when the caudal septum itself has been fractured off the maxillary crest. For more information about the differences between a cosmetic rhinoplasty and a functional septoplasty, please see the link and the video below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty can help the nasal airway and the bottom of the nose

Septoplasty specifically refers to straightening out the nasal septum to improve breathing. The external part of the septum is often crooked as well but is not really considered part of a septoplasty. The central part on the bottom called the columella can also be treated as part of  a septoplasty if it is crooked. Once the outside or top of the nose needs to be straightened as well it is more rhinoplasty.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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