Septoplasty is a procedure performed on a commonly described condition known as a “deviated septum.” The septum is simply the cartilage and bone that divides the left nasal passage from the right. The septum can be pushed more to the left, or more to the right, or most commonly is shaped like an accordion where deviations to the left and right at different levels can block both sides of the nose.
Many times a deviated septum affects only breathing, but if the front portions of the septum are deviated they can cause the nose to be crooked and/or the nostril openings to be asymmetric. Often the appearance of the nose must be altered in order to fully correct the function. These changes can usually be performed through incisions completely inside the nose, but can require a tiny incision underneath the nose that heals to become imperceptible after only a few months.