Ever considered a 'nose job'? Maybe you should...
Written by Jennifer Mackenzie
We’re not saying your nose isn’t beautiful. But how’s your nasal breathing? Have you been putting up with restricted nasal airflow throughout your life (whether you’re 16 or 60)? A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is surgery that can improve the way your nose functions, and/or improve the way it looks as well.
“Rhinoplasty often addresses huge quality of life issues,” explains Dr. David Roska, a board certified Otolaryngologist with Onslow Ear, Nose & Throat who has additional training and experience in the area of nasal and facial plastic surgery.
“Many people go through their lives with less them optimal nasal breathing and think there’s nothing they can do about it. However, there’s actually a lot that can be done. We have non-surgical, minimally invasive, and surgical solutions that make dramatic differences in a person’s quality of life.”
Common causes of nasal airflow problems are:
- A deviated septum: as a cartilage that separates the right and left sides of the nose, the septum is rarely perfectly straight for anyone, but when when it deviates enough, or in specific locations, it can block the air passage on one or both sides, making it difficult to breathe. A variety of techniques can be used to straighten the septal partition and open obstructed nasal air passages.
- Enlarged turbinates: these ‘humidifiers of the nose’ are made mostly of nasal mucosa and underlying bone, and they can swell in response to a variety of stimulants (i.e., allergies), but if they become chronically swollen they make nasal breathing difficult.
- Nasal middle vault collapse and/or weakened nasal cartilages: weakness of the sidewalls of the nose, sometimes making them fall inward with inhalation. This can interfere with nasal airflow and sometimes cause a ‘pinched’ appearance of the nose.
“All these types of nasal obstructions can interfere with nasal airflow, making it harder to exercise, disturb your sleep (by causing you to mouth breathe), interfere with eating, and make allergy and/or sinus problems worse,” Dr. Roska explains.
“In the southeastern United States, we deal with a lot of nasal, sinus, allergy, and asthma challenges, so if you have underlying nasal airflow issues, you can feel quite miserable.”
Functional rhinoplasty consists of procedures and/or surgery focused on improving nasal airway function. While purely cosmetic rhinoplasty (improving how your nose looks) or purely functional rhinoplasty can both be areas of patient concerns, the most typical scenario consists of patients seeking functional improvement, but also having cosmetic awareness as to how their nose appears.
After all, a misshapen nose is often an outward sign of functional abnormalities.
“It’s always a balance of ‘form and function’ so the aesthetic results are just as important as the functional improvement,” Dr. Roska explains. “You want your nose to look its best and function its best.”
From the initial evaluation through the in-office or surgical procedure and followup, Dr. Roska and his team make patient education a priority.
“Our goal is for every patient to understand and be very comfortable with their plan, whether it involves surgery or not. At Onslow Ear, Nose & Throat, we emphasize patient-centered care to the Onslow and surrounding Crystal Coast communities. As a result, our patients tell us they are extremely pleased with the overall process and with their outcomes.”
To schedule a consult evaluation for nasal airflow challenges, call Onslow Ear, Nose & Throat at (910) 219-3377 today. There’s no need for you, or a family member, to suffer any longer!
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