When a patient requesting rhinoplasty also complains of nasal obstruction, it is critical to accurately diagnose the cause. The author reviews diagnostic procedures, including anterior rhinoscopy, nasal endoscopy, and coronal-sinus computed tomography scan. He discusses technical aspects of septoplasty and turbinate surgery, which address common causes of nasal obstruction, emphasizing traditional and endoscopic septoplasty, septoplasty techniques to address the caudal septum, and a graduated stepwise approach to the inferior turbinates. (Aesthetic Surg J 2003;23:393-403.)

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