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Will an Asian Rhinoplasty Help Reduce Allergies?

My mother is Asian and was born with a very small nose. However, she has a severe case of allergic rhinitis. If the surgery can't help with hayfever, would it possibly just help with better breathing in general?

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Rhinoplasty does not help allergies

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Rhinoplasty is an anatomical operation and rehspes the nose and enhances its apperanece.  However allergies are systemic antibody-antigen reactions.  Changed structure of nose has no bearing on allergic manifestations.

Internal nasal modifications to nasal septum and turbinates can only improve breathing if any of these structures were causing obstruction to air flow.  Even internal nasal surgery has no bearing on allergies.

Web reference: http://www.drrai.net

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and allergies

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Allergies are caused by a defect in the nasal mucosa.  Rhinoplasty won't change the allergies per se, but can improve the overall nasal airway and thus lessent the congestion and stuffiness associated with the allergies postoperatively.  If you require medication to control allergies now that will not likely change after surgery. 

Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon

Asian rhinoplasty to help with allergies and breathing

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A rhinoplasty can address issues with nasal congestion. This is more related to improving the structure of the nose to treat any obstructions (e.g. septal deviation, turbinate overgrowth).

A typical Asian rhinoplasty which involves stregthening the bridge with a graft or implant won't help with breathing or allergies, though.

Web reference: http://www.drlamperti.com/ethnic-rhinoplasty

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Asian

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Surgery doed not cure allergies!  However, if your mother's surgon feels tht her airway will be improved, her symptoms will probably be lessened

Web reference: http://www.drbray.com

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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