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Medically Reviewed 29th February 2024, by Mr. Bryan Mayou (GMC: 1414396) - founder of the Cadogan Clinic and one of the world's leading plastic surgeons

What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure which fixes concerns caused by a deviated septum. The septum is the thin wall of cartilage and bone that divides the nose into two sections. 

Having a deviated septum means this wall is displaced to one side. This can lead to discomfort and breathing difficulties which can negatively impact a person's quality of life. 

During a deviated septum operation, your surgeon will straighten and reposition the septum to improve airflow and alleviate discomfort. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic. At Cadogan Clinic, all surgeries are undertaken as day case procedures, so you will be able to go home the same day to recover. As a standalone procedure, Septoplasty takes 1-2 hours to complete, however it is often combined with other procedures such as a Rhinoplasty (this is known as a Septorhinoplasty) and this will affect the length of the surgery. 

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Septoplasty At a glance

Surgery Time

1 - 2 hours

Time off work

2 weeks

Hospital Stay

Day Case


After 1 day

Reasonable Mobility

After 2 days


After 6 weeks

Sexual Activity

4 weeks

Sleeping on back

4 weeks

Full Recovery

6 - 8 weeks


2 weeks

Septoplasty Before and After

As Septoplasty surgery is undertaken within the internal structures of the nose, the results are not always visible. However, for patients who have a Septorhinoplasty, the result will be aesthetic as well as functional. 

During your consultation, your surgeon will show you a range of Septoplasty before and after photos so you can compare how your results may appear. This is important so you can have a good understanding of the results that are possible for you, based on your concerns. 

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What is the Cost of Septoplasty?

At Cadogan Clinic, Deviated Septum Surgery cost starts at £6,900.

Cadogan Clinic has collaborated with Chrysalis Finance to offer a variety of payment choices for our patients including:
12 months 0% Interest-free - APR
24 - 60 months at 12.9% APR
Flexible Finance

Included in this treatment

Up to two 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea

Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence

24/7 on call nurse assistance

Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan

A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery

Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses

What Are the Benefits of Septoplasty Surgery?

People who have undergone a surgical procedure for deviated septum find there are a number of benefits: 

  • Better sleep – Good quality sleep is key to your overall health. Having a Septoplasty can help to alleviate snoring or sleep apnoea which may be disrupting your sleep. 
  • Being able to take part in certain activities more easily – Breathing difficulties can make taking part in sport or other activities more difficult. Improving your ability to breathe will make these activities easier. 
  • Improved confidence – For patients who are concerned about the aesthetic appearance of their nose, as well as functional concerns such as a difficulty breathing, combining a Septoplasty with other surgeries can improve confidence which may have been impacted by worries about the nose. 

Why Do People Have Septoplasty?

Having a deviated septum can cause a number of concerns with the nose. These concerns can cause physical discomfort and emotional distress, negatively impacting your quality of life. 

Problems caused by a deviated septum include: 

  • Breathing difficulties – Having problems breathing through the nose, can lead to people breathing more through their mouths. This can result in irritation to the mouth and throat. 
  • Snoring or sleep apnoea – Obstructed airflow can lead to snoring which interrupts sleep. In severe cases, this may result in sleep apnoea – characterised by pauses in breathing during sleep. This can be uncomfortable and dangerous. 
  • Recurrent infections – A deviated septum can disrupt the flow of mucus through the nose resulting in a higher risk of infections. 
  • Pain and pressure – Breathing difficulties and congestion can lead to pain around the face, or headaches. 
  • Aesthetic concerns – In some cases, a deviated septum may affect the external appearance of the nose, resulting in a crooked or asymmetric nose. 

A deviated septum can arise from a number of causes including: 

  • Genetics – Some people are born with a deviated septum. 
  • Injury – Trauma to the nose or a sports injury can result in the septum being pushed out of position, leading to it becoming deviated. 
  • Previous nasal surgery – Deviated septum can be the result of complications from previous surgeries on the nose. 
  • Chronic inflammation – Conditions such as allergies or chronic sinusitis can lead to long term swelling, which over time may lead to the position of the septum changing. 

If you would like to discuss your concerns with one of our specialist Septoplasty or Septorhinoplasty surgeons, contact our dedicated patient advisors who will organise a consultation for you at our Chelsea based clinic.  

Why do people have it & Who is suittable

Who is Suitable for Septoplasty Surgery?

Your surgeon will assess your suitability for a Septoplasty surgery during your initial consultation. They will examine your nose and septum and discuss your concerns to establish whether Septoplasty is the right procedure for you. They will also discuss if you have tried any self tests for deviated septum. 

They will also ask about your general medical history to make sure you are fit and well for Septoplasty surgery. This may include your weight, and any mental health conditions you have. Depending on this, they may ask you to undergo some tests before your procedure.

Following your consultation, your surgeon will write a surgical plan for you. This may include a number of options, including doing nothing, for you to consider. Your surgeon may also suggest combining your Septoplasty surgery with other procedures. If you are concerned about the shape of the tip of your nose, they may suggest a Rhino-Tip Surgery. For patients who dislike the size or shape of their nostrils, an Alarplasty procedure will help to remedy this. Your dedicated patient advisor will be able to help you decide which is the best procedure for you. 

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We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that whatever the nature of your treatment, you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country.

How Long is Septoplasty Recovery?

Septoplasty and Septorhinoplasty recovery happens in several stages, but you can expect your initial Septoplasty healing time to be around 6 weeks. It may take up to 6 months for the cartilage and bones in your nose to be fully healed. 

It is normal to experience bruising and swelling straight after the procedure, and this may take up to 2 weeks to subside. During this time, your surgeon will ask you to sleep slightly upright to help alleviate any swelling. In this time, you will also need to avoid blowing your nose or sneezing through your nose. Depending on the type of work you do, most patients are able to return to work within a week or shortly afterwards. If you have a more active job, you may need to wait slightly longer. 

For 4-6 weeks following your surgery, you will be asked to avoid any exercise or strenuous activity to prevent any strain being placed on your nose.   

You will also have two post-operative appointments. The first one is a week after your surgery, with our nurses to have your incisions assessed and remove any stitches. The second one will be 6 weeks after your surgery, with your surgeon to discuss your results. 

The Patient Journey. A breakdown of what you can expect on your journey with us

We are deeply invested in ensuring that every step of your surgical journey with us is as informative and reassuring to you as it can be. This article outlines what you can expect at each stage of the journey

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Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the complexity of your surgery, Septoplasty can be performed as either an Open or Closed procedure. Your surgeon will explain the best option, depending on your concerns during your consultation. A Closed procedure will involve fewer incisions and may result in less scarring, however, is only suitable for less severe cases of a deviated septum. 

Turbinate reduction is commonly carried out alongside Septoplasty. For some patients this is required to ensure they have the best result, and their airways are opened as far as possible. As well as straightening and repositioning the septum, your surgeon will remove any excess tissue around the turbinates which are the small structures inside the nose which filter the air. When these are enlarged, they can cause congestion which exacerbates any difficulty in breathing. 

Currently in the UK, the only option for Septoplasty is surgical. This produces the best results and is permanent so for most patients is the most suitable option for remedying their breathing concerns. 

Most patients will have their Septoplasty performed under General Anaesthetic. In cases of minor deviation where your surgeon won’t have to work on the deep internal structures of your nose, they may be able to carry out your Septoplasty using Local Anaesthetic. However, most patients are more comfortable having a General Anaesthetic, so they are completely unaware of their procedure.  

All surgeries at Cadogan Clinic are carried out using Total Intravenous Anaesthetic (TIVA) which is more gentle on the body and has a lower risk of post-operative nausea or sickness meaning the initial recovery is much easier and you don’t need to worry about the effects of the anaesthesia as well as the downtime required following surgery. 

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Founded in 2004 by world renowned plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, we now work with over 100 leading consultants and successfully treat over 20,000 patients each year. We have been winning industry awards since inception.

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All of our treatments take place at our beautiful boutique premises in Chelsea. We have six consulting rooms and five operating rooms, as well as a dedicated pre and post-operative suite, and a full team of specialist nursing staff.

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We were founded in 2004 by world renown plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, best known for his pioneering work in the area of liposuction, lasers and microvascular surgery. We continue to collaborate with pioneers in our field.

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We offer surgical consultations in London, Birmingham, Chelmsford and Bristol, and attract international patients from all corners of the globe such as as the USA, the Middle East and Europe.

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What Are the Risks of Septoplasty?

Every surgical procedure comes with risks and complications. Your surgeon will explain these to you during your consultation and will ensure you know how they could impact your results and healing. 

Risks and complications that may affect Septoplasty recovery are:

  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Numbness.
  • Change in sense of smell. 
  • Worsening of breathing symptoms. 
  • A change in the shape of your nose. 
  • Damage to your septum. 

All of Cadogan Clinic’s surgeons are experts in their field and have performed Septoplasty numerous times. Complications arising can happen for a number of reasons out of your surgeon’s control, and are not an indication of your surgeon’s qualifications or skill. In the case of unforeseen complications, you may require a secondary or revision surgery.

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