Rhinoplasty can be performed for many different reasons ranging from cosmetic concerns to breathing problems. In almost every case, the air passageways can be cleared, allowing for improved function and comfort. Your nose surgeon will have an in-depth understanding of nasal anatomy and can help diagnose any structural issues that are causing an obstruction.
How Does Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing Function?
While some may have suffered breathing problems after an injury, accident, or trauma, others are born with abnormalities such as a deviated septum that make breathing more difficult. Rhinoplasty can address the intricacies of the nasal passageways and remove the blockages that are interfering with your quality of life.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, bone, cartilage, and tissue may be removed or added to aid in improving the flow of air. Incisions may be placed within the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or at the base of the nose across the columella (open rhinoplasty). Your surgeon will choose the best approach based on your specific needs and anatomy.
What Steps Can Be Taken to Improve Breathing During Rhinoplasty Recovery?
After rhinoplasty, breathing won’t be improved instantly. The nose will suffer from swelling and tenderness as the tissues heal. However, there are many ways to reduce discomfort and ensure your recovery progresses properly.
- Take all prescribed medications, as these can help with the recovery process.
- Rinse out your nose with saline to prevent bacteria and debris.
- Abstain from strenuous exercise and other activities until cleared by your rhinoplasty surgeon.
- Avoid picking your nose or putting your fingers inside the nose.
- Use a cold compress to help reduce swelling and pain.
- Rest with your head elevated to minimize inflammation.
What Other Results Can I Expect After Rhinoplasty?
In addition to improving breathing, rhinoplasty is chosen for its ability to refine the nasal tip, bridge, and nostrils, balancing the profile. Cosmetic rhinoplasty can reduce a pronounced dorsal hump, reshape a bulbous or drooping nasal tip, and refine the nostrils. Your procedure will be designed to address both aesthetic and functional concerns.
What is the Takeaway?
If your breathing is labored due to nasal congestion and obstruction, rhinoplasty may be the ideal procedure for your goal of improving airflow. Dr. Saigal, an experienced, knowledgeable plastic surgeon can address your cosmetic and functional concerns during your rhinoplasty, helping you to live your best life. Rhinoplasty can not only help you love your looks but can also allow you to sleep better and breathe better.