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Septoplasty: Is it a Cosmetic Procedure?

No.

Deviated septum surgery is a very common operation, as more than 80% of people have deviated septums. A deviated septum is a medical condition, which may cause nasal obstruction, congestion, snoring, allergy symptoms, or post nasal drip. Septoplasty, surgery on the septum, is an outpatient procedure that helps corrects the deviation.

Septoplasty is not cosmetic, and is usually covered by insurance plans. For a majority of patients, septoplasty will not alter or change the external appearance of the nose. No nasal cast needs to be applied after routine septal surgery.

Rhinoplasty, surgery on the external nose, will alter the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty may be combined with septoplasty during the same operation.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.