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How do you breathe during a rhinoplasty?


Like the majority of people, you probably consider rhinoplasty, sometimes known as a “nose job,” to be a cosmetic treatment. However, rhinoplasty serves much more than just cosmetic needs. Additionally, having your nose altered can help with respiratory issues.

Taking care of breathing issues

The majority of the time, breathing problems are caused by structural abnormalities. The most common structural issue that might cause difficulties breathing through your nose is a deviated septum. The nose is divided into two chambers by a thin piece of cartilage called the septum. Air easily passes through both sides of this construction when it is about in the middle.

One side of a septum that is crooked or unevenly shaped will be thinner than the other, and this imbalance will affect how well air flows through the septum. Additionally, you might not even be aware of having a deviated septum.

Most people’s septa are slightly off-center. Frequently, the variation is slight, poses no serious issues, and doesn’t need to be treated. But if your septum is very out of place, it may be hard to breathe through your nose, which can lead to other health problems.

Symptoms of nasal breathing problems
The following are the most typical signs of nasal dysfunction:

  • Breathing problems with one or both nostrils due to nasal clogging
  • nasal migraines 
  • facial pressure and pain, as well as nasal tension
  • Why is proper nasal airflow important? 
  • In addition to filtering warm and cool air as it enters the nose, the nasal passages play a crucial role in respiratory function by supplying oxygen. 
  • Any blockage makes it harder for air to move through the nasal passages, which makes it harder for the nose to drain well.

You have a greater risk of recurring nose infections if you have a deviated septum. The associated breathing issues can disrupt sleep and lead to obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where you frequently stop breathing while you sleep. If you experience daytime fatigue, a sleep disorder caused by respiratory issues may be to blame.

What is a nose job?

In functional rhinoplasty, the nose is reshaped to improve nasal airflow and drainage. It improves your ability to breathe. Surgery to fix a deviated septum is known as a septoplasty. Your doctor will straighten the septum during a septoplasty to improve ventilation.

Further root causes of respiratory issues

Your sinuses may develop growths known as “nasal polyps” that obstruct airflow. They are connected to asthma, allergies, and recurrent infections. These gentle, painless growths can occasionally get big enough to obstruct regular airflow. Your ability to breathe better may result from having your nasal polyps surgically removed.

Another significant factor in breathing issues is allergies. Chronic nasal irritation brought on by allergies can make it challenging to breathe through the nose. Our physicianscan help you breathe again using a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques.

A non-invasive, non-surgical method to open the nasal passageways is balloon sinuplasty. Your surgeon will insert and inflate a medical balloon into the nostrils using specialized tools. The nasal passageways should stay open after the balloon has been deflated and removed.

When should you visit a physician?

You don’t have to put up with nose breathing issues all the time. It’s time to see a qualified ear, nose, and throat specialist if you discover that you can’t breathe easily when you seal your mouth and take a deep breath through your nose.

In order to help you breathe better and feel better, our team of otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons determines the underlying reason for your breathing disorder and develops a treatment plan that addresses it.

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