Can Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing Answered
Rhinoplasty is often discussed in the context of refining the aesthetics of the nose. But for some patients, the nose reshaping surgery can also improve breathing and ultimately lead to a better quality of life.
Here, renowned rhinoplasty surgeon Joshua Greenwald explains how rhinoplasty can improve breathing problems.
Anatomical Problems That Can Affect Airflow
Rhinoplasty may be recommended to individuals with nasal structure problems that interfere with the proper flow of air through the nose. The most common problem affects the septum, which is the partition between the left and right nostril. A normal septum is centered. If the septum is significantly crooked, or “deviated,” it can narrow one side of the nasal airway and make it difficult to breathe normally through the nose.
Another common structural problem affects the turbinates, or nasal structures that humidify air passing through the nostrils. Sometimes these turbinates can become chronically enlarged, interfering with normal airflow.
Narrow or collapsed nostrils can also impede the flow of air through the nasal passageway. The nasal valve, which is the narrow part of the nasal passageway, can also collapse, blocking the flow of air.
Experience Better Breathing After Rhinoplasty
If you are experiencing breathing problems or related symptoms such as nasal congestion, pressure or headaches, rhinoplasty with Dr. Greenwald may provide the relief you are seeking.
The first step toward better breathing is a careful review of your medical history and symptoms. Dr. Greenwald will perform a thorough examination of your nose to determine what is causing your nasal obstruction.
Once Dr. Greenwald has those answers, he can craft a surgical plan to address the problem(s). Based on your anatomy, your plan could involve straightening out your septum or reducing your turbinates. And depending on the planned corrections, the external appearance of your nose could change, too. Dr. Greenwald will discuss those changes and explain how he gives you the best possible cosmetic result while performing the necessary structural repairs.
You will have a chance to ask all of your questions regarding surgery and recovery. Know that an improvement in breathing is not immediate after surgery; there is a recovery process during which your nasal structures will heal and you will experience bruising, swelling and congestion. Dr. Greenwald can give you an approximate idea of when you can expect improvements.
Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation Today
Dr. Greenwald encourages you to schedule a consultation with him to discuss the possibilities of rhinoplasty. Call (914) 421-0113 or send us an email today to request an appointment at his Harrison, Carmel or Manhattan, NY office.