Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in our San Diego area practice for both men and women. In fact, it is one of the top cosmetic surgery procedures performed each year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. In 2017, there were over 200,000 Americans who underwent rhinoplasty.
I have observed that many, if not most, patients who present for elective nasal surgery to improve their appearance also demonstrate significant anatomical deformities of the internal nose including deviation of the nasal septum and enlarged inferior turbinates. While many patients seek rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of the nose, fewer are often aware of breathing difficulty caused by anatomical obstructions. Many have simply gotten used to breathing poorly or marginally through one or both nostrils and often consider it the norm, or may relate it to underlying “allergies.”
Rhinoplasty and General Health
Did you know that a recent study confirmed what most plastic surgeons already suspected? Rhinoplasty often improves a patient’s nasal as well as general health. I am often asked by prospective rhinoplasty patients if their overall health will improve following surgery.
A recent article in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery specifically looked at this medical issue. The authors of this paper examined and interviewed patients who underwent functional septorhinoplasty to correct breathing issues of the nasal septum and nasal valve regions. The study involved 144 adult patients and concluded that patients are typically delighted with both the appearance of the nose and surprised by the improved nasal airway function after surgery. Many have simply never known what it is really like to breathe well through the nose and often report an improved energy level and stamina. Some patients also notice an improved ability to taste as much of our sense of taste is related to smell.
This study has provided some objective evidence for what plastic surgeons have suspected for many years: septorhinoplasty improves both the appearance and function of the nose as well as our patients’ overall confidence and nasal health.
To get an idea of how rhinoplasty can help you, take a look at our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty in the San Diego area, contact us to request a consultation.
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