Health Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Disliking the shape, size or general appearance of our nose is far from uncommon, and thousands of people enquire about surgery to transform the way that their nose looks, known as rhinoplasty, every year. Some of the most commonly requested changes that patients would like to make to their nose include:
Increasing or decreasing the size of the nose
Altering the shape or size of the tip of the nose
Making the nose straighter
Removing a bump from the bridge of the nose
Altering the size of the nostrils
Building up a nose that seems too flat
Flattening out a nose that seems too pointed
While rhinoplasty is an extremely successful cosmetic solution, it also provides a number of health benefits, something that surprises many patients.
Rhinoplasty can improve your emotional health
Before we get onto the physical health improvements that you can achieve with rhinoplasty, it is important to recognize the emotional health benefits of this cosmetic surgery procedure.
How we feel about ourselves is very important if we are to enjoy a long, happy and fulfilling life. Unfortunately, feeling self-conscious about an aspect of our appearance can have a detrimental effect on how we view ourselves. We may feel unattractive, and our confidence and self-esteem could suffer.
However, by rectifying dissatisfaction with our nose through rhinoplasty, patients can benefit from improved emotional health, the effects of which may filter through to your personal and professional life.
Physical health benefits of rhinoplasty
The nose is an essential component of our respiratory system, working with our mouth to enable oxygen to travel into the body and carbon dioxide to be exhaled. Some patients with very small noses or nostrils, or who have had an accident or injury that has flattened their nose, may find that their breathing is partially restricted. This can cause a patient to feel permanently breathless and restrict their ability to enjoy physical activities.
Fortunately, rhinoplasty can address narrowness of this part of your airway, opening it up to make it easier to breathe. This can physical health benefits including the following…
Reduction in snoring / prevention of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Snoring is an extremely common problem that keeps millions of Americans awake at night. It is also a key symptom of a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. This is where the airway becomes blocked by relaxed soft tissue at the back of the throat while the patient sleeps. It is more common in people who are overweight, but restricted flow of air through the nose is also a contributing factor.
Eliminate sinus problems
Sinus problems are also fairly common and occur when the empty spaces behind your facial bones around your nose, in your forehead and upper cheeks becomes blocked. This can cause pressure to build, which can be painful and debilitating. In some instances, bacteria can become trapped inside these spaces too, and this can cause infections to develop.
Rhinoplasty that makes changes to the nasal septum can help minimize and even eliminate sinus problems.
Most people would agree that they could benefit from better quality sleep. Unfortunately, one of the things that most often stops us from achieving this is breathing difficulties. While we may not realize that our unconscious breathing is interrupted, airway blockages such as when you have a cold or seasonal allergy, or indeed a flattened nose, can cause us to experience poor quality sleep.
Unfortunately, restless sleep has been linked to a variety of health problems, including:
Ergo, by ensuring that you have the maximum capacity for breathing, you can reduce the likelihood of restless sleep and subsequently also minimize the risk of developing the associated health problems.
While many people believe rhinoplasty only has cosmetic benefits, the positive effects that it can have on your physical and emotional health are clear. If you would like to find out more about rhinoplasty surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please do not wait to contact our offices where our discreet and friendly team are waiting to help you.