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Is it possible to get rhinoplasty after septoplasty?

Q:

Several years ago I had my deviated septum fixed.  It is possible to now get a nose job?  I have heard they use your septum to do the nose job, but since having deviated septum surgery, haven't they already removed my septum?

A:

Yes, you can certainly have a Rhinoplasty after a Septoplasty. It is commonly performed. Not all patients require cartilage grafts. May I suggest you write down the three things you do not like about your nose and take it to a ASAPS member in your local area for a consult.

Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

It is absolutely possible to have a rhinoplasty after having had a septoplasty. How easy that will be depends on what you need to make your nose look better, and what your septoplasty actually was. Some surgeons remove the obstructing part of the septum--others manipulate or score it, but leave the cartilage and bone in the septum. In general, it is easier to do the rhinoplasty if you have septal cartilage left, though ear cartilage can be used if grafts are needed and the septum is unavailable.

Find a knowledgeable surgeon whom you trust and who can give you expert advice. Performing a rhinoplasty when the septum has already been dissected can add complexity to the planning, so make sure that your surgeon is experienced in such cases.

Best of luck!

M. B. Constantian, MD

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