Functional Rhinoplasty Improves Health

Dr Chaffoo MD San Diego

Surgery noted significant improvements in their nasal airways and overall general health. These conclusions were drawn from surveys completed by study participants before and six months following nasal surgery.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures performed in our practice on men and women. In fact, it is one of the top cosmetic surgical procedures performed yearly according to annual statistics from 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”.

At the initial consultation, I feel it is crucial to fully examine the interior of the nose usually with a headlight and surgical loupes. Deformities are pointed out to the patient and a surgical game plan is designed to correct both the internal airway deformities and address the aesthetic concerns. From my decades performing rhinoplasty, I have concluded that correcting both the internal deform. Did you know that a recent study confirmed what most plastic surgeons already suspected? That 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.

There is a recent article this year in the Journal of the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery which specifically looked at this medical issue. The authors of this paper examined and interviewed their 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 who completed ities and obstructions leads to a better nasal airway after surgery and improved cosmetic result.

The result is often that patients are delighted with both the appearance of the nose and surprised by the improved nasal airway. 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 just published in Facial Plastic Surgery 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.

Please visit our Rhinoplasty before and after gallery.

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Dr. Chaffoo is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience. He remains on the forefront of his field, continually learning new techniques and refining his skills.

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