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Can a Nose Job Improve Breathing?

When people think of rhinoplasty, they often envision a cosmetic procedure to change the shape or size of the nose. What many may not realize is that a nose job can also have functional benefits, particularly in improving breathing. Let’s dive into how rhinoplasty can enhance both the aesthetics and functionality of the nose, leading to better breathing and improved quality of life.

One of the primary reasons people seek rhinoplasty for non-cosmetic reasons is to address structural issues within the nose. These issues can lead to symptoms such as nasal congestion, difficulty breathing through the nose and snoring. By correcting the inner anatomy of the nose, symptoms can be eradicated. Common abnormalities that can affect breathing include:

  • Deviated Septum. A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall that separates the two sides of the nasal passages is crooked or off-center, obstructing airflow. Septoplasty, a surgical procedure often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty, involves straightening the septum to improve airflow and alleviate lopsided nasal function. By correcting a deviated septum, patients can experience significant relief from nasal congestion and breathe more easily through their nose.
  • Enlarged Turbinates. The turbinates are structures inside the nose that help humidify and filter the air we breathe. When the turbinates become enlarged due to allergies, inflammation or other factors, they can obstruct airflow and contribute to nasal congestion. Turbinoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing the size of the turbinates, allowing for improved airflow and decreased nasal congestion.
  • Nasal Valve Collapse. The nasal valves are narrow passages within the nose that play a critical role in regulating airflow. Weak or collapsed nasal valves can result in nasal obstruction and difficulty breathing, particularly during exercise or sleep. Nasal valve reconstruction can reinforce the nasal valves, improving airflow and reducing symptoms of nasal congestion.

One of the unique aspects of rhinoplasty is its ability to simultaneously address both cosmetic concerns and functional issues. By carefully reshaping the internal nasal structures and enhancing external aesthetics, rhinoplasty can achieve comprehensive results that enhance both the appearance and functionality of the nose.

If you’re experiencing nasal obstruction or difficulty breathing, it’s time to consult with a qualified ENT doctor to determine the underlying cause(s) and explore treatment options. During your consultation, the ENT surgeon will evaluate your nasal anatomy, discuss your symptoms and goals and recommend a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Call Biltmore ENT at (602) 560-1085 to learn more.

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