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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Rhinoplasty to Possibly Make my Eyes Look a Bit Less Wide Set?
I already know I want rhinoplasty. I'm just plainly curious if I could maybe make my eyes look a slightly closer together with a rhinoplasty. I've had a few people say i have wider set eyes, it doesnt look bad but I have neer ever noticed it until I got the comments, but now i see it a little bit. I'm not looking for a giant improvement but a noticeable one. Is it possible? Or would it make my nose too big and then look awkward?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Don't worry about the width of your eyes. Rather, be sure to exactly define what you want done to your nose.
Occasionally I have a patient ask how a planned rhinoplasty will affect her eyes, because she's worried that the operation will make her eyes look closer together, or farther apart. The operation will do neither. Despite some people being understandably concerned about this issue, it never comes up after surgery; I've never had a patient complain that the eyes look wider apart or closer together. It seems to be one of those academic questions that just turns out not to materialize as a problem.
The only comment I get is that sometimes a patient with a very large nose says that her eyes look better after surgery because the nose no longer takes up so much attention.
At least from the images you submitted, your nose doesn't have any overwhelming feature to address surgically. Be sure you define exactly for your surgeon what you want changed, and get confirmation that he understands and can accomplish those changes. See the "Web reference" link for more suggestions.
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