The nasal septum is a structure located in the center of the nose. Septoplasty is the surgery that corrects deviations of the nasal septum, which, as a rule, cause nasal obstruction. In addition to the importance of the septum from a functional point of view, it can also confer aesthetic changes on the nose, which is why it is essential to “master” Septoplasty, in order to perform Rhinoplasty (see Rhinoplasty). Therefore, this surgery is more correctly called Rhinoseptoplasty (the aesthetic and functional surgery of the nose).
Correction of the nasal septum is also important in solving other types of nasal and paranasal sinus problems, such as in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis and rhinitis (see Sinusitis and Rhinitis surgery).
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.
This procedure is really complex and the above questions are some of the most frequent questions in the septoplasty consultation. However, if you still have doubts, ask your doctor directly.