One of the main reasons why people want to have a nose job is to improve their breathing. You may have a problem with your septum, the nasal lining of your nostrils, or your actual nostril size and shape, or a combination of all three conditions. Non-surgical and surgical treatment options may work, and hopefully, your breathing should be improved.
Your plastic surgeon will probably ask for a detailed medical history. Nasal polyps, severe allergies, sinus problems, previous trauma, and other medical conditions may cause medical obstruction of your breathing. Addressing this reason medically, not surgically, may result in relief of your breathing problems.
A common problem you may have is a deviated septum. The septum is a piece of bone and cartilage that divides the right and left nostril. In theory, it should be straight, but in reality, it may be curved to one side or the other. If you have sustained a broken nose in the past, this trauma may have caused your septum to go to the left or right. Removing the portion of septum that is causing your nasal airway to be obstructed may be the surgical answer to breathing easier.
Another issue may be the nasal lining of your nostrils. If you have nasal polyps, enlarged nasal turbinates, or other problems that are not responding to medical treatment, then you may be a candidate for surgical removal of these nasal problems.
The size and shape of your nostrils, and the strength or weakness of your nasal cartilage, may also be affecting your breathing. Some people simply have collapsible nostrils, or weaker cartilage. Others may have a smaller nostril opening than is normal. Nasal breathing aids such as Breathe Right™ strips may help. Surgery can also correct this problem, and you may need surgery to alter the shape of your nostrils or strengthen the cartilage around it.
Interesting, about 2/3 of patients who have undergone a nose job have breathing problems after their surgery. It’s important to make sure you get a complete nasal check up with your plastic surgeon and to maintain good communication before any potential surgery. The article reporting this finding is at the end of this blog post.
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