Can Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing Problems?

shutterstock_109217795While rhinoplasty is a common procedure to improve the shape of the nose, the procedure isn’t always purely cosmetic. The benefits of nose surgery range from aesthetic to practical, as the procedure is commonly used to help treat breathing problems and correct obstructed airways.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Better known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to help improve the appearance and structure of the nose. Rhinoplasty can improve nose size and shape as well as asymmetry, bumps and depressions in the bridge. The shape and position of the tip of the nose and nostrils can also be addressed.

If the nose has been damaged by an injury, Dr. Meade can also repair the bone structure to restore symmetry.

Breathing Easier

Because rhinoplasty focuses on the structure of the nose, it can be a highly effective treatment for breathing problems, such as nasal valve insufficiency. People who suffer from nasal valve insufficiency, which can cause a narrowed or obstructed airway, often benefit from having nose surgery to improve their abilities to breath.

Rhinoplasty can also correct a deviated septum. Running along the middle of the nose, the septum can end up pushed to one side, which can cause snoring, impaired breathing and even contribute to sleep apnea.

During nose surgery for a deviated septum, Dr. Meade can straighten the septum and reshape structural problems that may be obstructing your airway and making it difficult to breathe.

Rhinoplasty Customized for Your Needs

Even if you are interested in rhinoplasty primarily for cosmetic reasons, be sure to mention any problems you may have with breathing during your consultation. Once Dr. Meade knows about your goals and concerns, he can plan the best approach to address your needs.