When most people think about rhinoplasty, they think about it from the standpoint of an individual who is not happy with the appearance of their nose having corrective surgery done to make their nose symmetrical, to remove a bump from the bridge of their nose, or fix some other defect. While rhinoplasty is an effective form of cosmetic surgery, there are also functional reasons for having rhinoplasty.
When a person has a problem with the symmetry of their nose, it often affects their ability to breathe and the way their nose looks on their face.
When a person has functional airway obstruction, they usually have nasal congestion, breathe through their mouth, have dry mouth, and their sense of smell is diminished. It is also possible that they experience nosebleeds, have sinus infections, and have headaches as a result of sinus pressure.
Eventually, the symptoms will affect the way a person sleeps and lead to chronic dysfunctions like hypertension, heart disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.
One of the most common forms of functional rhinoplasty is a procedure to repair a deviated septum. The septum is the wall that divides the left and right nasal passage. If it becomes bent or if it is twisted, the bone can block the air in one or two of the air passages. To fix this problem, a surgeon will straighten the septal partition and open up the blocked airway passages.
Many patients are surprised at the effectiveness of rhinoplasty in restoring or correcting problems with their breathing. Research was done at the University of Illinois to evaluate how effective rhinoplasty was in helping patients improve their breathing. The results were that 98 percent stated that they had an improvement in nasal breathing.
Many patients are surprised that something can be done about their breathing problems. They commented that problems with the shape or form of their nose led to breathing problems that woke them up every night. And these problems continue to get worse as they age.
After having the procedure performed, many patients wonder why they took so long to get it done. They sleep better through the night. Also, the surgery is performed in such a professional way that no one can even tell that any work was done on their nose.
The science and techniques used in rhinoplasty have progressed drastically over the past few years. It is providing both cosmetic and functional relief for thousands of patients every year.
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