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Hi. This blog question is I've heard that a rhinoplasty can help in breathing. Is this true? This question came from Maine, of all places. If you have a deviated septum or something called hypertrophic turbinates, these are the first things that can cause nasal obstruction and the septum is the partition that goes all the way back. It's in between the nostrils and it goes straight back. Fixing that, either alone or with a rhinoplasty, can help your breathing.

If you've had a previous rhinoplasty or there are some other issues which are causing collapse here, collapse in the middle part of your nose, these may also obstruct your breathing. So, with a septo-rhinoplasty, where we're using grafts to open up. Feel that. It feels so good when you do that, other areas of your nose. Spreader grafts here and/or batten grafts, rim grafts, lidocrostruts, all these different types of grafts can improve your breathing. So, in general, nasal surgery, especially if you're having a cosmetic rhinoplasty, you have to make sure that the doctors performing it is not overdoing your nose so that, with time, up to five, ten years, maybe even after a year, that the nose won't collapse, pinch, lift up, and then you won't be able to breathe.

So, you want to have a functional rhinoplasty simultaneously, where your airway will be kept open and strong. I hope this helps. By the way, once you do have a nasal septum that's been fixed, you need a good, about two to three weeks before you can start breathing really great.

Can Rhinoplasty Help My Breathing?

As Dr. Paul Nassif explains, a "functional rhinoplasty" procedure can enhance the appearance of your nose as well as improve your breathing.