You may not even realize that you have a serious health problem, but if you’ve been experiencing almost constant nasal congestion, dry mouth, poor sense of smell, and often breathe through your mouth, you might have a blocked nasal passage. Nasal obstruction can also result in more severe symptoms like nosebleeds, sinus infections, and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, then you might consider talking with your doctor about nasal surgery. In our plastic surgery practice, many of our patients would like their breathing removed while reshaping their nose.
Nose reshaping is also known as functional rhinoplasty, and is a type of nose job designed to make it easier for you to breathe, sleep, and taste food. A functional rhinoplasty can take care of a variety of issues that may be impairing your breathing or blocking your nasal passages. Nasal passages can be blocked by things such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, polyps, and nasal valve collapse. Each of these issues are unique, but can be dealt with by nose reshaping.
A deviated septum occurs when the wall between your right and left nasal passages is twisted, bent, or broken. Nose reshaping will straighten your septum, called a septoplasty, making it easier for you to breathe. Enlarged turbinates, or bones in your nose, and polyps can also be removed or made smaller by nose reshaping, which will clear your nasal passages.
There are a host of procedures that can be performed in addition to rhinoplasty or nose reshaping. Some procedures such as sinus surgery or nasal polyp removal are performed by an otolaryngologist, ENT specialist before surgery. If you’ve had constant trouble breathing, talk to with your doctor and see if you have one any of the issues above, or an alternative type of nasal blockage. If you do, nose reshaping may be able to address the problem, opening your airways, and making it easier for you to breathe. Call the Malhotra Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation and get on a path to easier breathing!