Rhinoplasty isn’t just a cosmetic procedure. Having a functional rhinoplasty can correct breathing problems, restore peaceful sleep, reverse sleep apnea, and prevent unpleasant symptoms resulting from these conditions.
While cosmetic procedures are not usually covered by insurance, rhinoplasty for medical reasons is often covered.
Here are four ways the procedure is used to address breathing difficulties:
Breathing difficulties may result from physical abnormalities, some of which are fixable with rhinoplasty.
• Bends in the cartilage in the middle of the nose, commonly known as a deviated septum
• Narrowing or collapse of the sidewalls of the nasal passages
• Chronically enlarged turbinates, structures responsible for cleansing and humidifying the nose
Correcting these issues can improve breathing and minimize the risk of chronic sinus infections. You could see improvements as soon as a few weeks following the surgery.
Restoring Facial Appearance After Injury
Accidents, sports injuries, and falls can all cause damage to the nose, leaving it crooked or misshapen. Using rhinoplasty to correct these problems combines the cosmetic and functional aspects of the procedure, returning your nose to its proper shape and repairing any obstructive damage.
Problems resulting from old breaks can be corrected in some cases, but you should always see a doctor as soon as possible after sustaining an injury to prevent long-term complications.
Correcting Birth Defects
Babies are sometimes born with nasal conditions, including a missing septum, blockages, narrowed nasal openings or unusual masses or bumps. Although rhinoplasty is not typically performed until the skeleton reaches full maturity, in some cases, surgery may be necessary to alleviate breathing difficulties or remove excess tissues.
If you experience chronic breathing problems, struggle with sleep apnea or have suffered an injury to your nose, functional rhinoplasty may help. Talk with Dr. Bared about the benefits, and find out if the procedure is the best option for you.