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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: Is my nose tip broken?
As a child I had a bad fall on my nose. Ever since it has gradually got worse over the years. I have trouble breathing from my left nostril and I have a poor sense of smell. I can feel a split at the front of the tip. Also if I squeeze my nose tip it feels springy. I'm not sure if this is related, but I suffer with nose bleeds alot too
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Your nose isn't broken, but you must be very careful in selecting a surgeon.
The split and the springiness and the size of your tip are all related to the fact that the two cartilages that form the tip of your nose are fairly large and asymmetric. Your skin is thin, so it's easy to see, and even feel, the contour of those cartilages under the skin.

This all means that if you decide to have a rhinoplasty, you must be very, very careful about selecting the right surgeon. The vast majority of rhinoplasty surgeons do not have the skill and expertise to handle your tip cartilages, which cartilages pose a significant technical challenge.

When evaluating surgeons, you must insist on seeing before and after photos of their other patients. Look to see whether the doctor has been able to handle large tips like yours. If the photos only show profile views, like shaving off a hump, that's not good enough evidence for your situation. Generally, the three-quarter views show the tip cartilages best.

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