American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals


Deviated Septum Correction

A septoplasty is performed to correct a deviated septum, alleviating breathing difficulties and reduced airflow of the nasal airway.

Who is a good candidate for septoplasty?

Septoplasty may be necessary to correct a deviated septum and alleviate breathing difficulties. Your physician will discuss treatment options and decide if this surgery is recommended.

In general, you may be a good candidate for septoplasty if you:

  • Have a deviated septum that causes difficulty breathing
  • Snore excessively that may disrupt your sleep or gives you trouble sleeping
  • Are physically healthy
  • Are a nonsmoker

If you're considering surgery, spend some time reviewing septoplasty benefits and risks and learning about what to expect during recovery. Preparation ahead of time helps patients have reasonable expectations and a smoother recovery.


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