Does rhinoplasty fix a deviated septum?

rhinoplasty fix a deviated


A deviated septum is an extremely common problem between people around the world; this physical disorder can contribute to sinus infections and effect on breathing through the nose. If you have breathing difficulties due to deviated septum, septoplasty or septorhinoplsty surgery can fix this trouble.

Septorhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape, size and nasal septum deviation at the same time. In this article we explain about deviated septum, symptoms of a deviated septum, rhinoplasty and septoplasty surgery.

A deviated septum

The nasal septum is a separating wall of bone and cartilage that divides nose into left and right nostrils. When this wall becomes offset, a deviated septum occurs and this problem leads to nasal obstruction. In some people the septum is irregular from birth, but in most cases a deviated septum arises due to an injury such as contact sports incident, car accident, or other injury.

If you have crooked or off-center nasal septum, aging could make it more obvious and over the time, the symptoms related to it could become more serious; so as soon as possible get a diagnosis and treat it.

The brief list of deviated septum causes:

  • A congenital condition
  • An injury
  • aging

Symptoms of a deviated septum

If you have a deviated septum, a lot of signs and symptoms might be present. A deviated septum can create breathing difficulties especially during cold or other respiratory issue. Here there is a list of common symptoms of deviated septum.

  • Breathing problem especially through the nose
  • Blockage of the airway
  • Discomfort around nasal canal
  • Nose bleeds
  • Sinus infections
  • Stuffy nose or nasal congestion
  • Snore loudly
  • Dryness in one nostril
  • Breathing by one side of the nose
  • Loud breathing during sleep
  • Frequent rhinitis
  • swelling and irritation of the nasal passages
  • sinusitis
  • Breathing irregularities
  • Preference for sleeping on a particular side

Sometimes, a deviated septum is accompanied by facial pain. If abnormal nasal cycle and breathing difficulty is affecting your daily life, you have to visit a doctor to diagnose and solve your problem.


  • Dry mouth
  • Mouth breathing
  • A feeling of pressure or congestion in nasal passages
  • Disturbed sleep

Diagnosis of a deviated septum

At first you have to speak about you symptoms and then doctor examines the inside of your nose by a light or and a nasal speculum. Sometimes, the doctor checks out your nasal tissues before and after using a decongestant spray. Also he/she ask about your sleep, snoring, sinus problems, and difficulty breathing. Based on this exam, your doctor can diagnose you need surgery or not.

Diagnosis of a deviated septum at home

Remember you need a doctor to get an official medical diagnosis, but there are some methods you can use to find out whether you have a deviated septum.

  • Close a nostril and breathe deeply with other

If you have a deviated septum, breathing might be difficult.

  • Check your nose for a bumps

Run your finger quite delicate along your nose and don’t apply pressure. If you feel a bridge or a bump, you may have a deviated septum.

Initial treatment of a deviated septum includes:

  • Decongestants

This kind of medications could reduce swelling and open the airways of nostrils.

  • Antihistamines

These medications prevent allergy symptoms such as stuffy or runny nose.

  • Nasal steroid sprays

Nasal corticosteroid sprays reduce swelling of nasal passage.

Septoplasty surgery

Septoplasty is a surgery to straighten septum. This surgery could be done by some instruments without cutting the skin of your face. Depending on the level of deviation, sometimes the surgeon creates an incision on the nose to access the septum.

The surgeon moves the deviated septum to the optimal position and removes obstructions, then involves the repositioning of the mucous membrane. Steps of septoplasty are:

  • Preparation: avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen two weeks before and after the surgery because they increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Procedure: this surgery takes 30 to 90 minutes and is performed under local or general anesthesia.
  • Complications and risks:
  • Changing of nose shape
  • persistence in problems even after the surgery
  • excessive bleeding
  • decreased sense of smell
  • temporary numbness in upper gums and teeth
  • septal hematoma (mass of blood)

After septoplasty don’t lift heavy things, don’t do hard activities, keep your head raise during sleeping, avoid blowing your nose, and avoid drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco.

Rhinoplasty and septoplasty

Combining rhinoplasty and septoplasty is called septorhinoplasty. If you have functional problem like a deviated septum and involve the appearance-related cosmetic nose issue, you can solve both troubles by rhinoplasty.

Your nose is the main part of your face and plays a huge role in your breathing, a badly shaped nose, nasal problem, and a deviated septum can effect on your daily activities and relationships, and also your sleep.

Fortunately, you can improve your nose look and function by getting a nose job. Your doctor can combine rhinoplasty with septoplasty and correct the shape and size of the septum, or the area between the nostrils.

Septoplasty and rhinoplasty occur in the same area and performing these procedures together makes sense. Depend on where rhinoplasty targets, it can improve airway size and support breathing.

By combining these surgeries, you will just experience one recovery cycle and the costs of surgery such as anesthesia and operating room costs are borne only once.


A rhinoplasty could help you to reshape your nose and also treat your deviated septum that makes you nose unattractive and throws off your facial symmetry. During a nose job the doctor will straiten the crooked bone and cartilage making up your noses septum.

Septoplasty could be done in both closed and open rhinoplasty. By septorhinoplasty, your appearance, sinus function, breathing and snoring will improve and you will experience better life.

Iran is the best destination for rhinoplasty, with the cheapest price and the most professional surgeons. For more information and to see the Mediranco packages, read the rhinoplasty in Iran page.

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