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Addressing Functional Concerns with Rhinoplasty
April 6, 2016
Breathe Better with Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty has many benefits that include not only improving the shape of the nose, but often the function of it as well. Cosmetic concerns and functional concerns can benefit from this procedure and are often addressed complimentary to each other during surgery. Functional airway obstruction can cause many side effects including mouth breathing, nasal congestion, reduced sense of smell, and dry mouth. The obstruction can also lead to recurring sinus infections, sinus pressure headaches, and frequent nosebleeds. Sleep problems and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction can also occur and can lead to further problems of sleep apnea, heart disease, hypertension, and insomnia. In most cases, changes made during surgery to improve functional airway obstruction occur on the inside of the nose only and do not alter the shape or look of the nose.
Septorhinoplasty: Combining Rhinoplasty with Septoplasty
The nasal septum is the wall of bone and cartilage located on the inside of the nose between the right and left nasal passages. Ideally, the septum is straight with the right and left nasal passages being of equal size. A deviated septum, however, is one that is twisted, bent, deviated, or bowed. This can cause one of the nasal passages to become blocked. This problem is commonly referred to as a deviated septum. Functional rhinoplasty in the form of septoplasty can assist in straightening the septum and opening the blocked air passage to allow for functional breathing. This procedure can take as little as 30 minutes to complete and is associated with a fairly quick recovery. For individuals looking to improve the form and function of the nose, septoplasty can be combined with rhinoplasty in a procedure often referred to as septorhinoplasty.
Nasal Polyp Removal
Nasal polyp removal is another form of functional rhinoplasty surgery that can be very beneficial. Nasal polyps are growths that grow inside of the nose and they can grow to be the size of a grape. As polyps grown, they obstruct the nasal passage and block air flow. The removal of polyps is fairly simple, but they are known to reoccur. Combining allergy treatments with surgery can help to reduce the risk of recurrence.
Another form of nasal obstruction is enlarged turbinates which is also known as turbinate hypertrophy. The turbinates are membrane bones that go along the entire nasal cavity. They are located on the outer wall of the nasal passage and three of them are stacked on top of each other. Any of these turbinates can become enlarged and cause dysfunction leading to airway obstruction. Concha Bullosa can also develop which is a deformity that creates air pockets. Reducing the tissue when overgrown can assist in airflow. This process is painless and quick. The nose will bleed and will have an increase in bleeding for many weeks until all the turbinates are fully healed.
Nasal Valve Collapse
Another cause of obstruction to the airway is nasal valve collapse, which can also be corrected with nose surgery. The nasal valve is a narrow part of the nasal cavity and is lined with membranes. The membranes swell and shrink to allow regular airflow through the nose and optimize the filtration of the air. The nasal valve is located near the alar crease and will stay open with normal breathing and collapse with deep breathing such as when exercising. Individualized treatment plans can be made to help correct the air flow when the valve collapses. The valve may collapse for many reasons including injury, diseases, and aging.
Functional rhinoplasty can be beneficial in correcting numerous problems that are associated with the nose. Mouth breathing, nasal congestion, reduced sense of smell, dry mouth, headaches, and sinus infections are unpleasant feelings that no individual wants to endure. Rhinoplasty can help to fix these common problems while also improving the appearance of the nose if desired. To learn more about rhinoplasty in Michigan, contact Masri Clinic Laser and Cosmetic Surgery by calling (866) 487-3223.