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A 47-year-old member asked:

Surgery for deviated nasal septum-does it count as cosmetic if they do nose reduction also?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: It counts as nasal septum repair with cosmetic reduction of the nose. You'll be responsible for the percentage of cost deemed cosmetic by your insurance company.
Dr. Adam Hamawy
Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Cosmetic nose : A nose reduction is usually cosmetic even if you are doing surgery to correct a deviated septum. In cases where insurance is paying for the septoplasty, they surgery is often split where the insurance will pay for the reconstructive portion and the patient is responsible to cover the difference for the cosmetic nose reduction part of the procedure.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Partially: The septoplasty is functional, while things done to change your appearance, like rhinoplasty are cosmetic. They are commonly done together.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Which type of surgery is done for deviated nasal septum?

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Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Septoplasty: The operation to correct a deviated- or crooked- nasal septum is called a septoplasty. The operation is done from inside the nose and should help improve the breathing space inside the nose. If the outside of the nose is also crooked, you may also need a rhinoplasty operation to straighten the outside of the nose. This would be called a septorhinoplasty.
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What type of surgery is recommended for a deviated nasal septum?

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Dr. Suzanne Yee
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Septoplasty: A deviated nasal septum is corrected by a procedure called a septoplasty. If the septum is obstructing your breathing then your insurance will most likely pay for it. The surgery takes about an hour and there is usually very little bruising on the outside fo the nose. It will not usually change the cosmetic appearance of the nose.

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