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What is a Septoplasty?

Nasal obstruction is a common complaint for many patients in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area. A number of factors can cause nasal obstruction, and one of the most common causes is a deviated septum. The septum is the wall in the middle of the nose between the nostrils which separates the nasal passages and is composed of cartilage and bone. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage or bone is not straight. Septum deviation can occur at birth or after an injury to the nose. A crooked septum can lead to nasal obstruction and breathing difficulties, as well as alter the nose's cosmetic appearance. This can cause it to appear twisted.

Common complaints and conditions associated with a deviated septum

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sinusitis
  • Nosebleed
  • Crooked nose

Septoplasty involves straightening the nasal septum to relieve a nasal obstruction or correct a crooked nose. Once the septum is straightened, the patient will experience normal airflow through the nose. Septoplasty involves no visible incisions on the outside of the nose. All incisions are made inside the nose and are completely hidden. In addition, no nasal packing is used in the septoplasty procedure.

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Correction of a deviated septum is routinely completed during rhinoplasty surgery. Many patients that present for cosmetic nasal improvements also have functional nasal complaints associated with difficulty breathing. Many of these patients' breathing problems are corrected by straightening their nasal septum and opening their nasal airways. The deviated portions of septal cartilage that are removed can also be used for grafting in the rhinoplasty portion of the procedure.

Why choose Dr. Anthony Corrado for septoplasty surgery?

Dr. Corrado has garnered a reputation for excellence in facial plastic surgery. He has exceptional qualifications as a triple board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon). If you’re considering undergoing septoplasty, your choice of surgeon is one of the most influential factors that can ensure a successful outcome.

If you want your procedure to be beautifully performed, successful, and free of complications, talk to Dr. Corrado. Dr. Corrado is the recipient of many accolades and honors, including Top Doc in Plastic Surgery, Top Doc for Women from South Jersey Magazine, Top 10 Facial Plastic Surgeons in New Jersey, Leading Physicians of the World, and the Patient’s Choice Award, among others.

Dr. Anthony Corrado discusses rhinoplasty

For optimal results, the plastic surgeon you select should be triple board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat surgery), should have extensive nasal surgery training, and should provide comprehensive care for all functional and cosmetic nasal complaints.

Septoplasty Procedure Facts

The surgical goal is to correct and straighten the crooked nasal septum to relieve a nasal obstruction or straighten a crooked nose.


General anesthesia is used.

Length of time

A half-hour to one hour.

The procedure

Hidden incisions are made inside the nose. No external incisions are made. The crooked septal cartilage and bone are straightened and positioned back to a normal midline position. The incisions are then closed with stitches that dissolve on their own. Dr. Corrado does not place traditional packing in the nose. Instead, he uses nasal splints inside the nose to keep the septum straight during the healing process.  He also uses a dissolvable packing in the nose which is much more tolerable than old-fashioned traditional packing.

After the procedure

All patients are sent home on the day of surgery and are given a set of post-procedure instructions to follow. The patient will follow up the next day for a post-procedure check and again at 7 days after surgery when the nasal splints will be removed.


Once the procedure is complete, patients can return home to rest. To ensure healing, patients are asked to refrain from physical exertion for two weeks, including exercise, lifting, and bending over. In addition, patients must sleep on their backs with their heads elevated on extra pillows or a wedge. Most patients can return to work in five to seven days.

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