Will rhinoplasty for a deviated septum alter my singing voice?


I have a deviated septum and wish to have it fixed with rhinoplasty. In addition, I also wish to slightly extend my nose. (to make it sharper) because it is very small. I sing professionally. Would it be all right to reshape my nose as well in addition to just fixing my deviated septum?  When I breathe with my nose and sing, my pitch is limited and my voice becomes nasal at higher pitches; when I breathe through my mouth, I can hit higher notes and the nasal tone is not present.


Thank you for this great question.

If you are a professional singer with a trained voice then yes, there could be some adjustment after your Septoplasty. This is usually to the benefit of your range abilities and tone/phonation capabilities. Most singers we have done in our practice are actually very happy after their surgery. Be sure to address your concerns with your surgeon BEFORE your surgery.


Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS


Deviated Septum & A Singing Voice – Obviously, it is very important to understand that you may have some changes in your nasality and even your singing voice, potentially, although it may be small if you correct the deviated septum. I would consult with your speech expert in consultation with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who will perform your rhinoplasty to make sure  the changes are minimal, if at all.

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