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Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
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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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"I always thought that having a beautiful nose
would make me feel better,
but I could never imagine that
it would change my life. "
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Questioner: Asymmetry & hanging columella. Interests: Tim Woolford, Julian De Silva, Julian Rowe Jones, Lucian Ion
I am 7 yrs post primary rhinoplasty. I was looking for my slight bump amd bulbous tip to be addressed. Immediately after my cast was removed 1 wk after my op, it was clear I had been left with an asymmetrical and hanging collumella (my natural nose did not have this). Its been 7 yrs & I'd like revision. My main concern is my hanging & aysemetric collumella, I feel my tip is bulbous in comparison to my thin bridge with large projection. I have very thick, oily skin with large pores on my nose.
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: It's more than just the columella
Hi,
It's not just that the columella is hanging, because your columella protrudes downward only a millimeter or two down beyond your nostril edges.

It's that the entire tip of your nose is low, the nose is very long, and best would be to raise the tip, much more than just elevating the columella. 

You are correct that the tip is somewhat wide, too.

See the first patient in the attached video -- she has a nose with some similarities to yours.

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