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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Will Fixing Bulbous Tip Make the Nose Look Thinner?
I have a bulbous tip nose. I want to get my nose to have a normal tip but also want it to look thinner. If I get the bulbous tip fixed, will my nose automatically look skinnier?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: The tip and the bridge can be narrowed at the same time, but using different techniques
The work done during surgery to narrow the tip of the nose won't change the appearance of the upper part of the nose -- that part can also be narrowed, as a different part of the operation.
Careful, though, because narrowing a nasal tip is an advanced technique, and you should see before and after photos, before selecting your doctor, of other patients who specifically had their nasal tips narrowed. A profile view won't show that to you; it's the angled views, like the one you posted, that show the width of the tip.
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