Rhinoplasty: More than a “Nose Job”


Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed today. One reason for its popularity is the fact that this procedure offers health benefits in addition to aesthetic improvement for some patients. When rhinoplasty is used for functional purposes, it becomes more than your standard “nose job.” Check out these healthy advantages your rhinoplasty can offer.

Breathe Easier

Breathing problems are a common health issue for men and women alike. When you have difficulty breathing, it can affect nearly every aspect of your health and make you more prone to illness. If the problem is due to a structural defect inside the nose, surgery may be able to help. As a result, patients may find their improved breathing also improves their sleep, exercise tolerance and energy levels.

Sleep Better

Breathing problems can also lead to sleep difficulties like snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring is a relatively common problem that can negatively impact the person affected and their mate. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the airways actually become blocked and the individual stops breathing for a short period of time. Sleep apnea is associated with a host of other medical problems and can even be life-threatening for some sufferers.

Gain Energy

Better breathing means more oxygen moves through your bloodstream to your organs, tissue and skin. This improved oxygenation can increase your energy levels and your overall state of being. You may find once you can breathe easier that you can exercise longer and go back to activities that have become too challenging due to restricted breathing and low energy levels.

Correct Defects

Whether you have a deviated septum or overgrown turbinates, those internal deformities can significantly impact your ability to breathe easy. Defects may be something you were born with or may occur as a result of illness or injury. No matter what the reason might be, surgery can often be performed to correct the defects so that your nose both looks and functions much better.

Increase Confidence

Even if your rhinoplasty is performed for primarily cosmetic reasons, the results can offer some healthy benefits. People that are more comfortable with their appearance tend to have higher levels of self-confidence and self-esteem that can positively impact both their psychological and their physical health. When you feel good about your appearance, you are typically more willing to take good care of yourself to prevent illness and other health issues from developing.

Nose surgery performed for medical reasons might include septoplasty, which is a procedure to correct a deviated (crooked) septum. The septum is the cartilage that separates the two nasal cavities and when it is not straight, breathing problems can develop. Patients may also undergo turbinate reduction if the turbinates inside the nasal passages become enlarged.

If you opt for nose surgery for functional reasons, your insurance provider may pay for at least a portion of your procedure. When you choose a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon for your surgery, you can rest assured the procedure to correct any defects will also provide you with the best aesthetic results.

Dr. Robinson is an experienced facial plastic surgeon that performs dozens of rhinoplasties every year. He will work with you to ensure both your functional concerns and your cosmetic issues are addressed during your procedure. To learn more, contact Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery at 770-667-3090.