Trouble Breathing Through Your Nose?
Posted April 09, 2018 in Rhinoplasty
As a plastic surgery staple, nose surgery is often thought of for aesthetic reasons. However, this procedure, also known as rhinoplasty, can address functional problems as well as aesthetic concerns like humps, wide bridges, and flared nostrils.
Many people are faced with nasal concerns that go far beyond the appearance of their nose; instead, their issues revolve around their breathing. While rhinoplasty can enhance the appearance of the nose, a variation of nose surgery known as septoplasty can improve the functionality of the nose.
What Causes Problems With Nasal Function?
Most functional nasal problems result from a deviated septum. Your septum consists of a thin piece of bone and cartilage in the middle of the nose that divides your nasal airway. Occasionally, this septum can be crooked, thus limiting the amount of air able to pass through one or both of the nostrils. When this occurs, it’s known as a deviated septum.
While a deviated septum can result from a traumatic facial injury (such as a sports injury or car accident), it can also be a condition that you’re born with. Difficulty breathing is the number one problem that a deviated septum causes, but additional side effects include:
- Facial pain
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Trouble sleeping
- Being a noisy breather
- Recurring sinus infections
How Can Rhinoplasty Help?
During either a rhinoplasty or septoplasty, Dr. Palladino can reposition and straighten your septum, thus eliminating the problem. By placing the septum in its correct place, your airways will no longer be blocked, thereby allowing the air to flow freely through both nostrils. This surgery can be performed in combination with aesthetic rhinoplasty or done as a standalone procedure.
If you have trouble breathing and think that you may be suffering from a deviated septum, call our office today at 866-624-7874.