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The nasal septum is the wall that divides the inside of the nose into a left airway and a right airway.  When the septum doesn't sit in the middle, it can obstruct airflow through the nose instead of guiding the airflow.  We then call it a "deviated septum," and that deviated or crooked septum can be straightened during a rhinoplasty.

Most commonly, the deviation of the septum cannot be seen from the outside of the nose.  The deviation that obstructs the airflow is deeper inside the nose, where you can't see it.  This patient's septum was so bad that you could see it before surgery.


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Questioner: I 100% Have a Pollybeak Def from Going on 4 Rhinoplastys, Should I Go Through with the 4th?
first rhinoplasty almost 2 years ago now, the results were horrible & my nose looked twice the size as it naturally did. Since then my surgeon suggested another 2 closed rhinplasty to fix that and a twisted look from not enough taken off one side of my bridge. Since the 3rd still very unhappy, I have a pollybeak he says and is now soon booking me for an OPEN rhinoplasty which i am worried about because I dont want my nose to collapse or anything and he said nothing about grafting, what to do, help
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: A reasonable revision operation might help your nose significantly.
I'm sorry to hear about your experiences.  It could be possible to make improvements in your nose. If the bridge of your nose can be built up just a small amount, and the polly beak taken down just a small amount, it can make a huge difference in how natural your nose looks. Click on the Web reference link to see a digital modification that I made of your nose.
You should not have the same doctor operate. Revision rhinoplasty is extremely difficult operation, and your surgeon has probably proven satisfactorily that he might not be up to this job.  Also, you must have realistic expectations. It's too late to end up with a stunning gorgeous nose -- you should be seeking a nose that looks natural and does not draw attention, and then leave it alone forever!

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