If you have breathing problems, they can stem from a number of different causes. Some of these can be easily fixed, while others are more complex. Some issues are related to the nose itself, and in these cases, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) can be used to address the problem. When breathing problems are minor, it may not make sense to go ahead with invasive surgery, but it really depends on the patient and the nature of the problem. If you experience chronic breathing problems, it is worth looking into nasal surgery as a possible solution to your problems and as a way to improve your quality of life.
Nasal Breathing Problems
Nasal deformities are fairly common, particularly an issue known as a deviated septum. The nasal septum is the wall separating the nasal passages, and many people have a certain degree of deviation, or crookedness in this area, which can make breathing difficult. While this is the most common breathing problem that is fixed with plastic surgery, other issues can include turbinate problems and chronic sinusitis.
How Quality of Life Is Affected
Poor breathing can affect one’s quality of life in many ways that may not be entirely obvious. Limited ability to breathe can make exercising adequately difficult, cause sinus congestion, and disrupt sleep. Lack of sleep or exercise can have serious health ramifications, and can limit normal activities. If you are wondering if your breathing problem is significant enough to warrant surgery, be sure to take these factors into consideration.
How Rhinoplasty Can Help
Rhinoplasty can improve or fix a number of obstructions and other issues that make breathing difficult. Naturally, the procedure is only helpful for breathing problems related to the nose. Using a variety of techniques, the procedure can straighten the nasal septum, reduce the nasal turbinates, or make other changes to the nasal structure. These changes are permanent, and can produce relief that should not need a follow-up procedure later on.
Rhinoplasty is a major surgical procedure that requires downtime of about 10-14 days following surgery. Initial healing will take a few months to complete, with swelling remaining for up to 18 months following the procedure.
In rare cases, insurance may cover functional rhinoplasty, but it can be difficult to get reimbursement for this type of treatment, so consider this carefully as you move forward. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is never covered by insurance.
If you are interested in rhinoplasty for breathing problems, you may not have thought of the aesthetic benefits that can come with elective nasal surgery. Many patients take the opportunity to tweak the appearance of the nose at the same time as the breathing problems, especially as functional issues can correspond to aesthetic problems. While no insurance will cover aesthetic changes, there are benefits in that only one recovery period is necessary and the combined procedure will be cheaper than two surgeries. Many people do not like some aspect of their nose, but would not consider rhinoplasty simply to fix it. However, functional rhinoplasty is a perfect opportunity to also address any little aesthetic annoyances.
Is It Right for You?
When it comes to elective surgery, only you can make the decision about what is right for you. It makes sense to consult with an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) specialist before you start discussing surgery with a plastic surgeon. Once you have decided that nasal surgery may be a good option for you, it is time to start consulting with board certified facial plastic surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex plastic surgeries performed, whether it is done for aesthetic or functional reasons. Because of this, you should be very careful when making your final decision on who your surgeon will be.
If you would like to start speaking with qualified, compassionate providers, then come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and meet with rhinoplasty expert Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has a passion for rhinoplasty and has spent decades honing his skills in nasal surgery and customization. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover at his offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, call either location today.