The nasal septum is a structure located in the center of the nose dividing one nostril (and nasal fossae) from the other. Septoplasty is the surgery that corrects the deviated septum that causes some degree of nasal obstruction.
Apart from the functional perspective of septoplasty, it may be important in correcting aesthetic deviations of the nose. Hence, it is important to master septoplasty to better perform rhinoplasties (see rhinoplasty), which is why a rhinoplasty can be both an aesthetic and a functional intervention.
Occasionally, there are functional problems that are secondary to or associated with the deviated septum, such as chronic rhinitis and sinusitis with or without nasal polyposis. This is why in the same intervention it is possible to add on procedures, for example, the reduction of the inferior turbinates (responsible for nasal congestion – see surgery for sinusitis and rhinitis).
Septoplasty and the correction of the inferior turbinates is completely endonasal, which means there is no need for external skin incisions. The approach is within the nostril and hence not visible externally. After surgery, you will have a scar free nose, a 1mm thick silicone sheet in each nasal fossae without any type of nasal packing (the latter usually responsible for the complaints most people associate with nasal surgery). The recovery time to resume normal life is approximately 7 days.