Can a rhinoplasty make you breathe better?

Can a rhinoplasty make you breathe better?

Rhinoplasty, often known as plastic surgery on the nose, is frequently associated with cosmetic purposes. But it happens frequently for people who don’t want to alter the way their nose looks or get rhinoplasty in order to breathe better. While the septoplasty procedure, a kind of rhinoplasty, may alter the nose’s external look, its primary goal is to alter the nasal airway for medical reasons.

What Justifies Functional Rhinoplasty?

The desire for functional rhinoplasty might be attributed to a variety of factors. The most common cause is a physical problem that was there before. This could be a birth defect, illness, or damage to the nose that causes the nostrils to close, the nasal channel to get smaller, or other breathing problems.
Many functional rhinoplasty procedures are carried out to fix a deviated septum. This happens when the wall separating the nasal canal twists, decreasing airflow and making breathing difficult. Snoring, blocked nostrils, recurring sinus infections, crusting or bleeding in the nose, and a deviated system are all symptoms. A deviated septum can happen on its own or because the nose has been hurt.
Enlarged turbinates, which are structures in the upper nose that can expand as a result of infections, allergies, or other irritants and limit your airway, are another frequent reason for choosing functional rhinoplasty. If you have surgery to fix a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or any other physical problem that makes it hard for you to breathe, your life can get a lot better.

What Sets Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Apart From Functional Rhinoplasty?

Dr William Portuese specializes in both functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty and frequently finds that patients gain from a combination procedure that enhances both the nose’s appearance and function. Dr William Portuese may typically execute a minimally invasive treatment requiring only internal incisions when the patient only requires correction of a deviated septum or reduction of the turbinates. To help his patient breathe easier, he can alter the position of the septum, move the turbinates, or reduce their size once he has gained access to the nasal cavity. These surgeries, also referred to as closed surgery, promote health while leaving very few scars and requiring the least amount of recuperation time.

Assessing Your Eligibility for Functional Rhinoplasty

You have probably sought the counsel of an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist if you experience breathing difficulties as a result of a deviated septum or obstruction in your nasal cavity. To help you breathe and sleep better, he or she might have prescribed drugs or a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. It could be time to think about functional rhinoplasty if these haven’t adequately addressed your disease, or if you’re sick of taking medication or being hooked up to a machine every night. The next step is to arrange a consultation with a functional rhinoplasty expert like Dr William Portuese, who can assess the root causes of your breathing issues and tell you if the procedure is likely to help. The surgeon will walk you through the rhinoplasty procedure, address any concerns you may have, and assist you in getting ready for the procedure.

Having a Functional Rhinoplasty: What to Expect

You shouldn’t spend more than one and a half to two hours in the operating room for your surgery, depending on how much work needs to be done on your nose. Surgery on enlarged turbinates or a deviated septum will be performed, and you will need the least amount of recovery time possible. The Kotler Nasal Airway, a unique set of breathing tubes, will be wrapped around your nose as you leave the doctor’s office. After surgery, you should avoid blowing your nose and sleep with your head raised since you should anticipate swelling and bruising for a few days. Most patients find that they can go back to their normal lives and jobs after about a week.
Consider a functional  rhinoplasty surgery if your breathing issues are affecting your ability to sleep or your general sense of wellness. Make an appointment with Dr William Portuese right away to find out if this kind of surgery can help you breathe easier and live a better, more fulfilling life.


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    William Portuese MD
    Joseph Shvidler MD

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