faceDescription: The septum is the cartilage in the nose that separates the right and left nasal passages. Septoplasty is when the septum of the nose is straightened. It is often done in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, or nose job, and is referred to as a septorhinoplasty. It is done for both cosmetic and health reasons, such as if the nose had been broken so badly that the septum is all but destroyed, and it is hard for the patient to breathe.

How it’s done: A consultation with a surgeon is needed to determine what kind of rhinoplasty would best suit the individual’s patients needs and face. If you’re just getting a septoplasty, it’s often done on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. An incision is made in the mucous membrane of the nose, and then the septum is straightened. Sometimes parts of the cartilage are removed, but modern techniques stress leaving as much intact as possible. The procedure takes about an hour.

Complications: Swelling or bruising is common, but very minimal. There’s a small chance of bleeding and infection. Other complications depend on what your plastic surgeon plans to do.

Recovery: Seven or eight days.

Cost: This is usually covered by OHIP, as it tends to be a medically necessary procedure. If not, cost ranges between $3,000 to $7,000.

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