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Will rhinoplasty for a deviated septum alter my singing voice?

Q:

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.

A:

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.

Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

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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