Feb 25

I am considering rhinoplasty, but have heard that rhinoplasty often causes trouble breathing afterwards. Is this true?

Category: Breathing problems,

The short answer is no.

The typical rhinoplasty done in the 1980’s or even 1990’s relied heavily on reduction of prominent cartilage and bone to achieve a more refined look. Knowledge of the long-term effects of such techniques was spotty and, so, many unfortunate patients were left with the trademark ‘operated’ appearance of a pinched, droopy, or distorted tip, and scooped-out nasal bridge.

These occurred because the newly-weakened structural elements of the nose could no longer provide the necessary support, often leading to breathing trouble. The forces of healing are dynamic and often operate for several years before these outcomes are evident. So, a postoperative result may look great immediately after surgery, yet evolve into a dismal failure over time. Likewise, collapse of the nose’s structural supports will compromise the basic function of the nose, namely breathing.

Modern thoughts on rhinoplasty take a much more conservationist approach. As much as possible, reshaping and contouring are achieved with suture and graft techniques that will usually leave the nose ‘stronger’ than it was preoperatively. While many surgeons think of nasal breathing more as an afterthought, those who have an interest and experience in rhinoplasty will assign as much importance to nasal function as to aesthetics. The result, at Profiles Beverly Hills, is that once short-term swelling is resolved, your breathing should be as good or better than before and the changes to your nose should remain ‘stable’ for a lifetime.

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