While it’s often viewed as a superficial cosmetic procedure that is only done for vanity, many patients undergo a “nose job” for their health, such as to repair a deviated septum. Read on to find out the various conditions that nose surgery can correct – for either health or aesthetic reasons.
Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the US. Its popularity is growing among both women and men and the procedure is done on patients of all ages, from children as young as 13 who have finished facial growth to senior citizens.
People often undergo rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum, which is when the cartilage wall that separates the two chambers of the nose is displaced or uneven. When this thin piece of cartilage, also known as the nasal septum, isn’t in its correct placement and is unable to evenly separate the two sides of the nose, it can lead to several health problems.
The most obvious issue that a deviated septum poses is breathing problems, including difficulty breathing through the nose or an inability to adequately breathe through one of the nostrils. A deviated septum can even cause sleep apnea, which is a serious condition involving unusually long breaks in breathing during sleep.
A deviated septum can also lead to sinus problems, which makes patients more prone to sinus infections and sinus inflammation. Other nasal issues that can stem from a deviated septum include postnasal drip, nasal congestion, headaches, nosebleeds, facial pain and swelling of the sinus area.
Rhinoplasty can also achieve facial symmetry and harmony to those born with a birth defect or who have suffered an injury such as a broken nose. In these cases, it is performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct and reshape the nose.
Other aesthetic reasons for undergoing nose surgery include wanting to balance the size of the nose with the other facial features or to modify the width of the nose at the bridge. Rhinoplasty also improves the nasal profile by removing humps, depressions and bumps on the dorsal nasal bone. It can also correct a nose tip that is too pronounced, drooping or upturned and can narrow and reshape the nostrils.
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