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Does a Rhinoplasty improve breathing 100%?

every single day of my life i miss being able to breathe 100%, freely and beautifully, through both nostrils. A lot of people claim it is "normal" to only breathe through one, but before i broke my nose i could breathe through both. the last two years breathing is a struggle everyday, i can breathe just poorly though. is it possible that septoplasty will give me 100% perfect breathing if done right? I want it fully restored if i do this surgery, not partially better. also are results permanent?

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Nothing is perfect

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Perfect nasal breathing is not possible.  There is usually a slight difference from one side to the other.  Many people breathe out of one side of their nose at a time.


Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal airway obstruction

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From your description, you may very well benefit from a nasal surgery procedure. That being said whether a septoplasty alone (that is the inside of your nose) or combination with a rhinoplasty (outside of your nose) is necessary depends upon several factors including an exam by a qualified surgeon. I would seek consultation with a facial plastic surgeon in your area. Good luck.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Breeding problems are often times multifactorial.

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There really is no specific answer to your question. The reason for difficult breathing can be multi-factorial and should be worked up prior to the time operation is performed. Almost all of the time if the diagnosis is accurate the operation can substantially improve breathing.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and Breathing

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Anatomic causes of difficulty breathing through your nose can include a deviated septum, nasal valve collapse, and/or turbinate enlargement.  The only way to tell is to have your nose thoroughly examined by a nose specialist with a possible nasal endoscopy at the time of examination.  Once your nose is examined your question can be better answered.

Rhinoplasty is generally performed to improve the shape and appearance of your nose.  If the valves are collapsed, rhinoplasty can help this too.  Septoplasty is performed to straighten a deviated septum. These procedures combined is called a septorhinoplasty. Again, you need to be evaluated by a nasal surgeon who frequently performs both of these procedures. 

Jacob D. Steiger, MD
Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
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