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Rhinoplasty questions and answers - Raffy Karamanoukian, M.D. - Los Angeles rhinoplasty expert

What is the septum?

The septum is the largest piece of cartilage in the nose.  It is a straight piece of cartilage that arises from the bony base of the skull and juts forward to provide projection of the nose in the midline.  The nasal septum divides the nose into two halves, the right and the left.  The septum is the piece of straight cartilage that is located in between the two nostril passages in the center of the nose.  The septum is important for rhinoplasty surgeons because it often becomes deviated or crooked as a result of development or trauma.  A septal deviation is one of he major causes of nasal airway obstruction and breathing difficulties.  During your consultation with Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, you will examine your septum to determine the degree and severity of septal deviation.  If the septum is deviated, most likely a septoplasty will be recommended.  If there is no airway problem and the rhinoplasty consultation is cosmetic, Dr. Karamanoukian will evaluate the septum externally on the bridge of the nose to determine how many millimeters of cartilage needs to be reduced in order to improve the aesthetic and cosmetic appearance of the nose.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board certified plastic surgeon and an expert on rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty surgeries.  His meticulous attention to detail allows him to re-scope the nose to exacting proportion in order to improve the cosmetic appearance of the nose.  If you are interested in a rhinoplasty consultation for nasal surgery, please call our office at 310-998-5533.  Dr. Karamanoukian will ensure that your results are natural and conform to cosmetic detail.

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