Rhinoplasty for Breathing Issues Explained

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Many people think of rhinoplasty as a surgical procedure performed purely for cosmetic purposes. However, they do not realize that rhinoplasty also serves to rectify functional issues and help improve breathing.

Symptoms of Breathing Issues

As we breathe, the nasal cavity filters warm and cool air, allows for drainage, filters small air particles, and is essential to respiratory function. If this process becomes blocked or imbalanced, it can trigger several symptoms, including:

  • Trouble breathing through the nose
  • Mouth breathing and dry mouth
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Persistent nosebleeds
  • Sinus infections and pressure headaches
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Allergies

Functional rhinoplasty is often performed to help alleviate these symptoms by rectifying issues such as:

Deviated Septum

The thin piece of cartilage between the nasal chambers is known as the septum. It is not uncommon to have a mildly deviated septum, where it is slightly imbalanced, crooked, or twisted; however, in more severe cases, the deviation can cause airflow issues and breathing problems.

Turbinate Hypertrophy

Turbinates are the mucous membrane-covered ‘shelf’ bones that line the nasal cavity to help moisten, warm and filter the air we breathe. Sometimes air pockets can develop on the middle turbinate and cause overgrown tissue that obstructs the airway, otherwise known as turbinate hypertrophy.

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps can form in the sinuses or inner nose, blocking airflow and increasing the chances of infection, allergies, and asthma.

Fixing Breathing Problems with Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty for breathing is a proven way to help rectify these issues and enhance patients’ lives that have struggled with blocked airways and the associated symptoms. The surgery itself can vary in complexity based on the individual needs. Some procedures take less than 20 minutes, while functional surgery performed alongside cosmetic rhinoplasty can take longer.

A Specialist in Performing Rhinoplasty for Breathing

If you think rhinoplasty could be the answer to your breathing concerns, or have more questions about the surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sedgh today. Boasting over 20 years of experience in rhinoplasty and facial surgery, Dr. Sedgh is a true expert that can help you breathe easy once more.

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When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.