Most people probably think of rhinoplasty – also known as a “nose job” – as a cosmetic procedure. True, it can drastically change your appearance, since the size and the shape of your nose can affect how the rest of your face looks. But rhinoplasty can also help to solve some health issues you may have while improving your quality of life – it’s not just for cosmetic purposes!
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon adjusts the amount of bone and cartilage in the nose in very specific ways to change the size and/or shape. It can remove a bump on the nose, reshape the tip of the nose, and even reshape the nostrils. It is often used for cosmetic reasons, but it can also help if a patient has had a broken nose, which often doesn’t heal the way the patient would like it to. These are just a few reasons someone may have rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty for medical reasons
Rhinoplasty is often used to help people who snore or have breathing issues. A common cause of snoring is problems with the septum or cartilage; rhinoplasty can fix these structural problems in the nose.
A nose job can also help patients with sleep problems, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a very serious condition in which the patient briefly stops breathing during the night. This happens over and over again, waking the patient up many times throughout the night. This not only makes them feel tired all the time, but it can eventually result in serious health problems. Rhinoplasty can remove any blockage in the nasal passage, helping the patient to breathe easier and sleep better.
Rhinoplasty can make quite a difference for your facial features, but it can also make quite a difference to your health and your quality of life. Whether you would like rhinoplasty for medical or cosmetic reasons, you want to make sure you are getting the right doctor to help. Contact Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, to discuss the benefits of rhinoplasty! Call (203) 453-6635 for a consultation.