Will Surgery for Deviated Septum Remove the Crooked Cartilage in my Nostril, Straighten Nose, and Remove a Large Bump? (photo)

From age 15 to 19 I had a terrible habit of cracking my nose. Once I realized how bad my nose was looking, along with the pain and breathing problems, I stopped. I am now 29 years old, have great health insurance, and want to finally get it fixed. I had an examination and was told straightening my septum will help me breath better. So my question is this... Will this surgury also straighten my whole nose and remove this large, long bump on the upper left side of my nose under my eye?

Doctor Answers 7

Improvement with Correction of Deviated Septum

Correcting a deviated septum will improve your breathing and straighten your nose but it will not reduce your hump or narrow your nose. Insurance typically pays for functional improvement but the patient is usually responsible for cosmetic changes

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Will Surgery for Deviated Septum Remove the Crooked Cartilage in my Nostril, Straighten Nose, and Remove a Large Bump?

         The functional septoplasty in general does little to address cosmetic issues and will certainly not address the hump.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty versus Rhinoplasty

A septoplasty alone will not straighten your nose externally nor will it remove a hump of your nasal bridge.  A rhinoplasty will be required to accomplish both of those objectives.  Sometimes a functional rhinoplasty is performed to aid in breathing if there are issues with either the internal or external nasal valves.  A functional rhinoplasty can result in some straightening of the nose depending upon the technique that is used and is usually covered by insurance (but not always); however, there would have to be a clear indication of a nasal valve problem for your surgeon to recommend that to you.  Good luck.

A. Joshua Zimm, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Will Surgery for Deviated Septum Remove the Crooked Cartilage in my Nostril, Straighten Nose, and Remove a Large Bump?

Great question to ask the surgeon who will be doing your operation. My response is a yes, but you need to her explained all the procedures involved.//

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty versus rhinoplasty

 A septoplasty and rhinoplasty are 2 completely separate operations, which can be done separately or together. The septoplasty procedure  is performed for medical necessity when  the septum is deviated in such a fashion that is obstructing air flow dynamics through the nose. A septoplasty is billed to the patient's insurance. The surgery is performed in the back of the nose. A rhinoplasty procedure involves work on the tip, the bridge and the external portion of the nose all done through the nostrils known as closed rhinoplasty. A rhinoplasty will change the shape of the nose but will not improve air flow. A rhinoplasty must be paid for by the patient themselves.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal surgery

Septal surgery will only address the internal nose to improve breathing and is usually covered by insurance.  Rhinoplasty is done to remove the hump and straighten the external nose to which will improve it cosmetically.  Insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery.  Septoplasty and rhinoplasty are often done at the same time.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Straightening the septum is important in straightening the nose but by itself a septoplasty usually is not enough to totally straighten a nose and changes to the outside of the nose in the form of a rhinoplasty are also needed.  The bump you are noticing has nothing to do with the septum.  That is your nasal bone junction with the rest of the facial bones and good lateral osteotomies may be needed.  I cannot give you specifics without seeing and examining you but I suggest you find a great experienced surgeon who completely understands the INSIDE and the OUTSIDE of the nose.  

Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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