Even though many people consider rhinoplasty to be a cosmetic procedure, plastic surgery of the nose can also help to treat medical conditions involving the nose and sinuses. It can make breathing easier, and even reduce the frequency and severity of snoring. Keep reading to explore some of the many different functions rhinoplasty can serve.
How Plastic Surgery Can Help Your Nose
- Cosmetic improvements: Rhinoplasty can help to reshape the nose and create symmetry across the face. Both the nose size and width can be reduced, and the nose’s profile can be straightened out. The tip of the nose can be modified and the size and shape of the nostrils can be changed.
- Deviated septum: A deviated septum occurs when the bone and cartilage between the nasal cavity is displaced or crooked. This can cause a difference in the size of the breathing passages and in severe cases, can reduce airflow or completely block one half of the nose. A plastic surgeon can reset the septum and restore proper airflow, making breathing easier.
- Post injury: After a broken nose, sometimes the nose becomes misshapen. This can lead to further complications, such as snoring, sleep apnea, and difficulty breathing. During rhinoplasty, a plastic surgeon can straighten out the nose and repair damage that may be making it difficult to breathe.
- Snoring: Depending on the underlying cause of snoring, a plastic surgeon may be able to help. Through plastic surgery, snoring and the sleep apnea that is associated it with it can be reduced and potentially even eliminated.