Can a nose job fix breathing problems? (photos)
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Patients must first try medications to see if they improve breathing before surgery.
if you have a deviated septum causing breathing problems, a septoplasty could help alleviate those problems. Enlarge turbinates or narrowed nasal valves are other causes of nasal obstruction that can be fix surgically. I hope this helps.
A nose job to improve breathing problems
You might be suffering from a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates.
I am sorry to hear that you are struggling with what could be a deviated septum and difficulty breathing and wheezing when you breathe. You may also be suffering from enlarged turbinates.
Suffering from excessive mucus, a runny nose and nasal congestion and/or blockage can be very debilitating and frustrating.
Septoplasty and the reduction of turbinates are two procedures generally performed at the same time. When performing a septoplasty, it addresses the asymmetry between the septum (your two nostrils). The goal is to correct the misshapen nasal cavity so you no longer suffer from a deviated septum.
When addressing inflamed and persistently enlarged turbinates, the surgical goal is to reduce the size of the nasal turbinates. This would allow your nose to breathe clean air before it reaches your lungs. When turbinates become inflamed on a persistent basis this can cause blockage of your nasal passages and create nasal drip.
I have treated many patients that suffer from the conditions you describe and I want to offer you hope that there can be a solution to your condition. While, I have not consulted with you and I am only examining your photos and the description of your symptoms, there are options that are available to you to help improve the quality of your breathing.
I would encourage you to research Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons that specialize in correcting deviated septums and turbinate reduction. This is an outpatient procedure that generally last around 1 hour. Board certification matters and you will get a better result based on the experience of the surgeon you select. I always advise my patients to research their options and go on a few consults and find a rhinoplasty surgeon that has a unified vision that aligns with yours. This will help to address your breathing issues and give you the results you desire.
I wish you the best and am hopeful you are able to find some relief to the breathing difficulties you describe.
Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS
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Can a nose job fix breathing problems?
Thank you for your question. Yes, nose surgery can fix breathing problems. In this case if you have difficulty breathing and you are not concerned with the cosmetic appearance of the outside of your nose, this procedure would be to correct a possible deviated septum. This is where the inside nostril is obstructed partially or fully by the septum inside your nose causing restricted air flow.
You can schedule an appointment with a Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeon near your home for an evaluation to see if correction is needed.
Best of Luck!
Functional nasal surgery for breathing, rhinoplasty for cosmetic changes
Nose Job to Fix Breathing Problems
Septorhinoplasty for a straight and better breathing nose.
Rhinoplasty should improve breathing, not make it worse
Rhinoplasty and improved breathing
Nasal obstruction is a functional problem that can be caused by many structural or anatomic reasons. Improving structure requires surgery. Seek out an expert, who can walk you through the process. Both general and facial plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty. Facial plastic surgeons are also trained to rule out sinus problems and identify allergy symptoms. It's important to make sure medical issues like allergies are addressed.
Most health insurance carriers cover many of the functional aspects of the surgery. It may require a preauthorization process, which can take weeks.
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