We Talked To A Plastic Surgeon About TikTok’s Disturbing Deviated Septum Nose Job Trend


Don’t believe everything you see on TikTok — the deviated septum trend is totally deceptive. 

We’ve all had dreams of altering our features to disguise insecurities. Some of us even do it from time to time with makeup. Others go as far as getting cosmetic procedures to enhance, shrink and modify these features we dread most. 

Don’t let the hype fool you, though, getting cosmetic surgery isn’t as easy or accessible as it looks. 

TikTok users have been showing off their drastic nose jobs and claiming to their followers that a simple deviated septum diagnosis allowed them to get a free rhinoplasty. But medical professionals are turning their noses up at this trend and encouraging young people to look beyond the viral videos before rushing out to their doctors. 

YourTango spoke exclusively to John Paul Tutela, MD. He’s a New York and New Jersey-based plastic surgeon who is best known for his expertise on natural-looking plastic surgery and his frank discussion of things like preventive Botox and bad plastic surgery.

Dr Tutela’s former patients include Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and Angelina Pivarnick. 

While Tutela is always open to young people learning more about the functions and benefits of plastic surgery, he is wary of medical misinformation that could be spreading on TikTok through these nose job videos. 

But first off: What is a deviated septum?

Tutela tells us that, “Your septum is a thin flat piece of cartilage that separates one nostril from the other.” Generally, this piece of cartilage separates the nostrils evenly but in the case of a deviated septum, there is severe unevenness which can lead to breathing problems. 

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