Rhinoplasty is a popular fix for people that are unhappy with the shape or size of their nose, and changing the appearance of their nose also changes their lives. But not everyone gets a nose job for cosmetic reasons, because there are people with nasal problems such as difficulty breathing that may need rhinoplasty.
Will a Rhinoplasty Help with Breathing?
Although rhinoplasty is frequently done for cosmetic reasons, it can also be performed to help with breathing problems.
In cases where breathing difficulty is caused by collapsed internal/external valves or a deviated septum, internal nasal surgery or septoplasty can resolve the issue. The nasal septum is the dividing bone and cartilage between the nostrils. If the septum is displaced for any reason, it can restrict airflow and interfere with breathing.
How is rhinoplasty performed
The method used to perform rhinoplasty will vary depending on the specific problem being corrected. However, surgery to correct a deviated septum can be done using either the closed or open technique. The incisions for closed rhinoplasty are made inside the nostrils, whereas open rhinoplasty requires an additional incision in the columella (cartilage between both nostrils). The surgeon will straighten the septum in order to open up the airways, allowing patients to breathe freely.
What to expect after surgery
After surgery patients can expect some swelling on the inside of the nose, which can take 1-2 weeks to resolve. Once the swelling has subsided, they should be able to breathe much better than before (learn more).
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