A septoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to repair a deviated septum and realign the septum in the nose. While sharing some aspects of rhinoplasty surgery, septoplasty is focused solely on the septum and is intended to improve breathing.
What are the effects of a deviated septum?
When the nasal septum—that little stretch of bone and cartilage between the nostrils—is displaced, several irritating long-term problems can occur.
A deviated septum can contribute to:
- Chronic congestion
- Dry mouth
- Irritation or discomfort within the nose
- Sinus infections
When the displacement is severe, it can hinder optimal breathing. A septoplasty can treat and reduce these symptoms by repositioning the septum and restoring balance to the airflow between the nostrils.