Can Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing?

If you have ever thought about changing the appearance of your nose, you might be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. You need a functional rhinoplasty if you wish for a nose that lets you breathe better. Our board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in facial procedures so that you can expect excellent cosmetic and functional results.

What is Rhinoplasty? 

Rhinoplasty is a facial procedure that reshapes the structure of the nose. At Specialty Aesthetic Surgery, your surgeon performs rhinoplasty for several different reasons. Depending on your goals, Rhinoplasty may be cosmetic, functional, or both. You may need a rhinoplasty to improve your breathing if you have had a nose injury or were born with structural problems. While rhinoplasty may serve different purposes, the basic procedure is similar. 

Can Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing?

Rhinoplasty offers a definitive treatment for many nasal breathing problems. It can also reshape and sculpt the nose to achieve your desired look. Your SAS surgeons specialize in all types of rhinoplasty and other facial surgical procedures. 

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty improves the appearance of the nose. It can alter your nose’s shape, size, and other features to achieve your desired appearance. Many people have a cosmetic rhinoplasty because they feel their nose is out of balance with their other features. Rhinoplasty can achieve facial harmony and a more symmetrical appearance. 

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty improves how well you can breathe through your nose. Many functional rhinoplasties correct a deviated septum, which occurs when the divider between your nostrils is out of place. The procedure can also correct obstructions, repair trauma, and fix the results of a past rhinoplasty.

How Does Rhinoplasty Work?

Your surgeon will use tiny incisions to access the nasal bones, cartilage, and tissue. He will sculpt and shape them during the procedure to achieve your desired appearance. Both types of rhinoplasty use one of these two surgical techniques:

Open Rhinoplasty

During an open rhinoplasty, your surgeon will use incisions inside the nose and one across the columella, the divider between the nostrils. The scar is hidden in the crease and will be almost impossible to see when healed. The procedure gives your surgeon more access to the structures of your nose so he can perform more complex reshaping. 

Closed Rhinoplasty

People who want more minor changes, such as smoothing away bumps, may be good candidates for closed rhinoplasty. This procedure gives the surgeon less access, so he will often use this technique for less complicated procedures. While a closed rhinoplasty leaves no external scars, your surgeon will make recommendations based on your anticipated results.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

Rhinoplasty costs vary depending on several factors. These include:

  • Your surgeon
  • Your location
  • The purpose of your rhinoplasty
  • The complexity of your procedure

Insurance may cover functional rhinoplasty in cases where they find it necessary to help you breathe. It will not cover cosmetic procedures. It may cover procedures to reconstruct and reshape a nose damaged by trauma or injury. 

How to Choose a Rhinoplasty Provider

Rhinoplasty is a complex and delicate procedure, and the effects can be very visible if something goes wrong. Choose your surgeon with care to ensure you achieve the best possible results. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with a specialization in facial surgeries. Your SAS surgeons have so much rhinoplasty experience that they are regularly called upon to correct other surgeons’ results. 

What is Recovery Like After Rhinoplasty?

When you return home after your surgery, you will have a splint and dressings on your nose to protect it and help it heal. Swelling and discomfort are worst in the first few days, but ice packs help control both problems. Your surgeon will remove the splint and your sutures after a week.  Many people can return to work after five to seven days. However, your recovery time may take longer if you have a physically active job. Swelling will noticeably improve within the first few weeks, but you should expect that residual swelling may take up to a year to resolve completely. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

If you want to change your nose’s size, shape, or overall appearance, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. You may also be a good candidate if you have problems breathing through your nose because of a functional problem. Ideal candidates have no major health problems and can take time to recuperate after surgery. You may not make a good candidate if you have specific medical issues or are pregnant. 

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about rhinoplasty? Schedule your consultation or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

*Individual results may vary.

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