Deviated septum surgery


Our specialist cosmetic surgeons will take the time to understand your needs, and talk you through what to expect with deviated septum surgery. 


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What is it for?

Nose surgery to correct a deviated nasal septum

Treatment overview

Septoplasty is an operation that aims to correct the appearance of a deviated septum. The septum is the structure that divides the nostrils in the middle of the nose. 

If the nasal septum is crooked, it can make the nose feel blocked continuously. This can lead to problems with exercising, sleeping, eating, and speaking.

You may have been born with a deviated nasal septum, or it can develop following childhood injuries. 

A deviated septum can reduce airflow in the nose and cause some problems with breathing.

Our specialist deviated septum treatment can correct and straighten the nose. 

This will allow you to breathe, talk, and sleep comfortably.

We offer septoplasty with our world-leading cosmetic surgeons and ENT (ear, nose and throat) consultants.

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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.


Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis


We understand just how daunting surgery can feel, especially if it is something you have been considering for a long time. Here is what you might expect as one of our patients:

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Book an appointment

Our dedicated appointments team will arrange for you to meet with one of our renowned surgeons. 

Initial consultation

Our surgeons offer expert advice in our discreet consulting rooms. Your surgeon will perform a detailed examination of your nose.


They will also review your medical history to help them understand the impact your symptoms are having on your health, wellbeing, and lifestyle.


You’ll also be able to discuss your expectations with one of our surgeons.


They’ll outline all risks associated with your procedure, so you are fully aware of exactly what deviated septum surgery involves. 

Two-week cool off period

You’ll have a two-week cool off period so you can weigh up the risks and benefits. This will help give you time to make a decision about your surgery.

Thorough pre-admission assessment

You’ll have a pre-assessment appointment to review your general health for deviated septum surgery.


This will help our care team plan your treatment safely.

The day of your operation

You’ll meet your care team who will prepare you for surgery and let you know exactly what to expect throughout the day.


After your operation, your surgeon will check on you and how you are feeling and discuss how best to start your recovery.


You should be ready to leave on the same day, or the next day, after your operation. Once you’re home, you’ll have a video check-up with a nurse for dressing changes.


You’ll come back to The London Clinic to have your dressings changed a couple of weeks later. 


After six to eight weeks, you’ll have a follow-up with your surgeon to discuss any concerns and ensure that your healing is going as expected.


Deviated septum surgery works by straightening the septum to the middle of your nose. 

Your surgeon can perform septoplasty under general or local anaesthetic.

This depends on the shape and position of your nose, your general health, and your preferences. 

The operation itself takes between 45 and 60 minutes. It’s usually a day case procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight. ​​

Your surgeon will make an incision (cut) inside the nose, this means that any scars will usually be invisible.

However, sometimes it's necessary to make a small cut between the nostrils. Your surgeon will trim and reposition the bone and cartilage to straighten the nasal septum. 

Your surgeon can straighten any crooked nasal bones and insert cartilage grafts to correct the deviation. The surgeon will use absorbable stitches to close the cuts.

Finally, they will insert soft splints and dressings to prevent bleeding and support the septum as it heals.

They may also put a splint on the outside of the nose to protect the area and reduce any swelling.

Septoplasty surgery can significantly improve the overall appearance of your nose which can lead to a new lease of life.

The operation itself is relatively straightforward and should make it much easier to breathe, eat, and sleep. Your surgeon will discuss what results you can expect to receive from septoplasty.

You’ll be able to go home on the same day as your surgery. However, you will need someone to escort you home as you will be unable to drive.

The London Clinic team will advise you about your recovery and arrange a follow-up to assess your progress. 

After surgery, the swelling, splints, and nasal dressings can make it difficult to breathe through your nose.

Keeping your head raised using an extra pillow at night, and avoiding blowing your nose, will assist healing. This will also prevent the build up of extra fluid.

It’s important to take time to rest and recover. Avoid work, exercise, hot baths, and bending down for at least two weeks.

Wearing tops that zip or button up can prevent trauma to the area when you pull clothes over your head.

It's also sensible to avoid crowds and busy places because getting a cold can increase the risk of infection.

After this time, you can gradually start to resume normal activities. It will take up to six months for the swelling to fully resolve.

During recovery, your surgeon and the team at The London Clinic are always available to offer support, guidance, and a helping hand.

Deviated septum treatment is a low-risk procedure compared to other forms of nose surgery. However, there are side effects and risks associated with any kind of surgical procedure.

Your surgeon and care team will discuss these with you and make sure you’re well informed about your surgery before you have it.

You should feel confident and reassured that you know exactly what to expect before making any decisions.

The most common temporary side effects of deviated septum surgery are:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Soreness and tenderness 

Other rare complications of deviated septum surgery can include:

  • Continued or prolonged symptoms after surgery
  • A change in the overall shape of your nose
  • A hole in the septum
  • A decreased sense of smell
  • Blood clots or excessive bleeding 

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