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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What's the least invasive procedure to correct the bump on my left nostril?
The bump has gotten worse over the years. It feels as though the cartilage cracked. I can kinda push down on the bump and put it "into place." I'm not looking for the perfect nose. Ihave a deviated septum and my nose sways to my left. Again, my nose doesn't have to be perfect...I'm only interested in the least evasive procedure to correct or smooth this bump on left nostril area.
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: There's no tiny operation to fix the bump
That "bump" is one of the two cartilages that make up your tip. There's a bump on the other side, too, but it's smaller.
In order to minimize the bump, those cartilages need to be modified, and that's a rhinoplasty. You need an experienced surgeon with excellent before and after photos. Many plastic surgeons don't have the skill to make an accurate correction of your "bump," because it has to do with modifying those tip cartilages, somewhat of an advanced technique, in my experience.
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