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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about septorhinoplasty?

Septorhinoplasty is surgery to repair or straighten a deviated septum, or change the appearance of the nose. The nasal septum is the cartilage and bone that forms a wall to separate your nostrils. Septorhinoplasty may relieve symptoms such as trouble breathing, dry mouth, or frequent nasal congestion.

How do I prepare for septorhinoplasty?

What will happen during septorhinoplasty?

What will happen after septorhinoplasty?

Gauze may be placed below your nose to catch any blood or fluid that comes out. You may have an ice pack on your nose to help decrease swelling. Your nose may be covered with a bandage, surgical tape, or support device to prevent swelling and infection. The inside of your nose may be packed with gauze to decrease bleeding. This will be removed 1 to 3 days after your surgery.

What are the risks of septorhinoplasty?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your symptoms may not go away. Your nose, voice, or sense of taste or smell may change. Your nose may not look the way you expected. You may have swelling or bruising around your eyes. You may have numbness in your nose, upper teeth, or gums. Blood may build up on your septum, or it may tear. The fluid around your brain may drain from your nose.

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