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Posted by Dr. Halaas | on January 21, 2014 »

I’m looking into getting my deviated septum fixed in the near future. Would that be considered cosmetic even though I have trouble breathing and therefore makes it seem medically required?

Correcting a deviated septum is a medical not cosmetic procedure. When a patient has nasal obstruction despite medical therapy such as nasal steroid sprays, that patient may need to turn to a surgical approach to straighten the septum and improve the nasal airway.

Usually correcting the septum does not change the cosmetic appearance of one’s nose. Consult with your local board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT) surgeon. If you are interested in having a rhinoplasty to change the cosmetic appearance of the nose and the septoplasty at the same time, then consider visiting a double boarded ENT-facial plastic surgeon.

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