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Rhinoplasty for Better Breathing

Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed to correct aesthetic irregularities of the nose, such as a nasal hump, an upturned or downturned tip, or an overly broad or narrow profile. And although many individuals assume that aesthetic concerns are the only reason to undergo rhinoplasty, there is another: to facilitate better breathing. Breathing obstructions occur due to various reasons; some patients are born with an internal irregularity that prohibits proper airflow, others develop this irregularity after an injury, and unfortunately, some patients are left with breathing difficulties after their initial rhinoplasty procedure. Rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty is performed to open up the airways to allow for better breathing.

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What Happens When Airflow is Obstructed?

As obvious as it sounds, proper breathing is at the forefront of a healthy life. Being able to breathe easily is at the center of all internal functions. Unfortunately, many individuals have an obstruction in their nasal passages, sometimes without even knowing about it. This is not only an annoyance but can lead to damage to your internal organs because of the lack of oxygen.

A Deviated Septum

A deviated septum is the most common internal nasal deformity. It occurs when one half of the nasal passage is larger than the other, creating an imbalance between the two sides. While some individuals are born with a deviated septum, others develop one after a sports injury, a car accident, or a previous rhinoplasty procedure that healed improperly. In addition to breathing complications, a deviated septum can lead to additional problems such as nosebleeds, facial pain, snoring, difficulty sleeping, or even sleep apnea.

How Can Rhinoplasty Help?

Rhinoplasty, or septoplasty, is the only way to repair a deviated septum no matter the cause. Rhinoplasty to improve functionality is performed in much the same way as it would be to enhance aesthetics. Incisions on the inside of the nose give your surgeon complete access to the inner nasal structure. From here, excess bone or cartilage is removed or repositioned so that there is better symmetry and less obstruction to the nasal passages. Additional aesthetic concerns can be corrected at the same time. Rhinoplasty not only improves facial harmony and confidence levels, but it can also improve a patient’s quality of life by alleviating their breathing difficulties.


To learn more about rhinoplasty for either aesthetic or functional concerns, contact Dr. Calabria to set up a consultation by calling (760) 836-0077 or by filling out our online contact form.