Septoplasty surgery in Barcelona | Nasal septum

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Septoplasty is an operation to fix breathing problems caused by a deviated nasal septum. The nasal septum is a cartilage that cannot be seen and is located right in the middle of the nose, between the two nostrils.

This operation achieves two results: better breathing and fixing the deviation of the nose to improve the aesthetic appearance.

Clínica Sanza in Barcelona is a leading centre in the treatment of nasal septum plasty.


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People who have both respiratory dysfunctions and aesthetic alterations of the nose.


It is performed in patients (basically athletes or with congenital malformations), who’ve suffered a nasal impact, or present deviations or bone callus which makes breathing difficult.


  • From 2 to 3 hours.



  • Evaluation of the area to determine if the surgery is suitable.
  • Following the correct guidelines that are set by the doctor.
  • General testing (cardiac and respiratory diagnostics).


  • Local and sedation, or general.


  • Ambulatory, or a period of 24h.


  • Nasal plug and protective splint.
  • Withdrawal of tamponade between 24h and 48h.
  • Withdrawal of the protective splint between 7 or 10 days.
  • Discomfort due to the nasel plug and splint, usually painless.
  • Medication if required.
  • Mandatory revisions after a few days, a few weeks and a few months, according to prescription.


  • From 5 to 10 days from the surgery
  • Be careful, do not get hurt or have any impact on the area that has been treated.


  • Clear and visible aesthetic changes straight after the operation.
  • Final aspects can be seen between one and three months after the intervention.
  • Rejuvenated and improved appereance.
  • Improvement of the psychological profile and a notable increase on the individual’s self-esteem.


  • Simple – medium surgery

Level of risk

  • Low risk surgery.
  • Risks the intervention might have: callus or bone sequestration that might need retouching.
  • Risks of any surgery: hemorrhage, infection, alteration of skin wound healing.


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Frequent questions on nose surgery (Rhinoplasty)

When will I see a definitive result after a Rhinoplasty?

There are many factors that influence, the type of surgery, the patient’s own characteristics, previous interventions, etc. In a general way in 15 to 21 days you can already see some approximate results, but usually is until the third month until the result is more or less definitive. However, the nose may undergo small changes for up to a year.

At what age can I have a Rhinoplasty?

It is not advisable to operate on any patient until they have completed their natural growth process. In girls this is usually given at 14 or 15 years old, in boys it is usually until 18, so in general terms we do not recommend carrying out this type of intervention until after adolescence.

Can nose deviation and shortness of breath be corrected in the same surgery?

Yes, it is very frequent to see patients who breathe badly because they have some degree of septal deviation that affects the correct flow of air inside the nose. Correcting this deviation or obstruction improves appearance and restores respiratory function. That is to say, we correct the aesthetic and functional part.

What type of anesthesia is used in Rhinoplasty?

It depends on the type of intervention we have to carry out. If it’s just the cartilage (tip of the nose) to be corrected,  it can be perfectly done with local anesthesia and a small sedation. In cases in which we have to carry out corrections of the septum or osteothomies it is essential to perform it under general anesthesia.

Should I stay in the hospital after a Rhinoplasty?

The intervention itself does not require overnight, but we must distinguish whether we perform a simple (cartilage) or a complete (bone+cartilage) rhinoplasty. In the first case it is ambulatory and in the second case it may be necessary to spend 24 hours of hospitalization, specially due to the residual anaesthesia effects, more than because of the procedure itself.

Do I have to wear nasal plugs?

Nasal plugs are not always necessary, only when the nasal septum is modified. If required, they will be removed the day after surgery, or if you don’t bleed within 48 hours.

Do I have to wear a cast or splint after a rhinoplasty?

Not all nose interventions require the use of a cast or splint, only in cases of osteotomies, and it has to be used normally for one week. In other cases it is possible to use a support splint for one to 5 days, depending on the inflammation.

What exams do I need before performing a Rhinoplasty?

If we speak of a simple procedure with local anesthesia, only a complete analysis is required. In the case of more complex procedures under sedation or general anesthesia, though, we will add a chest x-ray and an electrocardiogram.

How long does the intervention last and what is it like?

1 or 2 hours approximately. Aesthetic rhinoplasty consists of modifying the shape of the nose through small incisions or openings that are made inside the nose, or at the base of it in such a way that there is no external scar or it is practically imperceptible.

When can I go back to work?

It depends on the surgery and the type of activity you do. In cases that do not involve more physical exercise can return to normal work after 3 days, but it should be noted that for this time there may still be inflammation and some bruising in the area of the nose and eyelids. Usually after 7-10 days there are no signs of the intervention and after one month intense physical exercise and sport can be carried out.

Does it hurt?

There is a legend that rhinoplasty, both simple and complete, is very painful, but that’s just not true. It doesn’t hurt a bit. Only if you touch the nose you’ll feel the pain, but generally there’s no need to take any painkillers.

If I don’t like it, can I rectify it?

Yes, of course you can. You must feel well with yourself. But it cannot be touched up until at least 6 months after the surgery.

Is it always the same shape, when it comes to nose surgery?

Not at all. Many years ago, it was the same procedure for all nose jobs, but nowadays you can choose the way you want it done.


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