Nearly 222,000 rhinoplasty surgeries take place each year. If you’re like most people, you probably think the procedure is just a way to change the shape and size of your nose. That’s only the beginning, however.
Here are five common cosmetic and medical reasons to consider rhinoplasty.
1. Improving the aesthetics of your nose
There are a lot of reasons why your nose can make you feel self-conscious. Dr. Llaurado can address all of them, including:
Eliminating a bump or depression on the bridge of your nose Contouring a tip that seems bulbous, upturned, or hooked Creating more symmetry Reducing nose width at your nostrils or bridge
When you have rhinoplasty, Dr. Llaurado hides any incisions needed for your procedure, so you don’t have to worry about any scarring.
2. Fixing breathing problems
Another popular reason to get rhinoplasty has to do with breathing. These treatments typically involve correcting a deviated septum, also known as a nostril collapse. When you have this nasal issue, one of your nasal passages is smaller because the thin wall separating them is off-center.
Having a deviated septum can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
Difficulty breathing Noisy breathing Nosebleeds Facial pain
A deviated septum can also cause chronic snoring.
3. Addressing sinus issues
A deviated septum not only causes breathing problems, but it can trigger chronic sinus infections and sinusitis. In some cases, Dr. Llaurado can treat sinus issues with a more minimal type of rhinoplasty known as septoplasty. Sometimes, however, a full rhinoplasty procedure is necessary to create ideal nasal shape and proper breathing.
When you have treatments for a deviated septum, Dr. Llaurado can modify the internal passages of your nose without changing its outward appearance. Dr. Llaurado usually recommends waiting to have this treatment until your septum stops growing, typically when you reach 18 years old.
4. Correcting disfigurement
If you had an accident or traumatic injury to your face, it can cause severe damage to your nose. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can often correct many of these issues.
Whenever possible, Dr. Llaurado recommends having rhinoplasty within the first two weeks of your injury to provide the best results. It’s not unheard of for many men and women to love their new nose more than the one they had before their accident.
5. Reversing congenital anomalies
As a reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Llaurado also performs rhinoplasty to correct problems present from birth. One common congenital reason for rhinoplasty is orofacial clefts. These conditions develop when a baby’s mouth or lip don’t form properly in the womb.
Children with these kinds of congenital anomalies often experience a variety of issues, ranging from nasal problems to challenges eating, speaking, or hearing.