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Correcting a Deviated Septum

Rhinoplasty plastic surgery can address a deviated septum to restore proper nasal function. Once the surgeon diagnoses the nature and extent of the deviated2018 05 30 copy 300x200 - Correcting a Deviated Septum | Beverly Hills | Los Angeles septum, they can develop an individualized surgical plan to rectify it.

Committed double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations across the horizon.

What is Septum Deviation?

The septum bifurcates the nasal cavity into two narrow passageways that begin from the upper part of the nose where it connects to the nostrils.

The septum consists of multiple bones and cartilage sections. The lower portion of the septum is located on the anterior nasal spine. This bone offers support and can be felt in the region where the nose links to the upper lip.

Septum deviation is the development or moving of the septum to a single side of the nasal cavity, rather than divide this cavity into two identical passageways. The septum can bend to a single side to create an S-shape or bow out creating a C-shape. These deviations in the septum can constrict the flow of air, slowly damaging the fragile nasal tissues.

Some individuals have a deviation in the septum since birth while others experience a deviated septum due to a nasal injury. This can create issues in breathing. A deviation in the septum can also cause recurring pain in the face as well as nosebleeds.

How is Septal Deviation Corrected?

The surgeon will work on either the bony upper portion of the septum that sits atop the nose or the cartilage located in the lower part of the nose. The septum may also move off the anterior spine, and this condition is known as a caudal septal deviation. For such patients, the surgeon will move the septum back to the correct position and shift its base to the anterior nasal spine.

Septoplasty Procedure

The surgeon will reshape either the bony upper part of the septum on top of the nose or the cartilaginous lower portion depending on the location of the deviation.

Some patients suffer from a condition known as a caudal septal deviation in which the septum shifts off the anterior nasal spine. To treat this condition, the surgeon will rectify the septum’s shift and realign its base to the anterior nasal spine.

The procedure begins with the surgeon placing an incision on one nasal area to attain access to the septum. Then they will delicately coax the deviated septum back to the correct place. The surgeon will eliminate barriers such as cartilage or useless bone fragments. In the last step, the surgeon will reposition the mucous membrane.

The patient may require sutures to keep the membrane and septum in their positions. At times, the use of cotton to pack the nose is enough to maintain the position of the membrane and septum.


Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and the patient can return home on the day of the surgery itself in most cases. Dedicated double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other towns and cities in this part of SoCal for rhinoplasty.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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