Question: Can nose surgery improve my breathing without changing my look?

By March 28, 2010 September 12th, 2016 Cosmetic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery

I have breathing problems and snoring because I have kind of a flat nose and was told that rhinoplasty surgery can correct this. But I am afraid that if I have surgery it is going to make me look a lot different.

Answer: Functional Rhinoplasty can improve breathing with minimal change to appearance

It is a misconception to think that nasal surgery automatically changes the shape of your nose. The nose is extremely complex in both form and function and rhinoplasty can address shape and/or breathing. Most often, breathing problems arise from the septum (midline cartilage of the nose) and the turbinates. Their interactions with each other can narrow the internal passageway and can restrict airflow. A functional rhinoplasty would involve addressing the septum and the turbinates and any restricting airway passages both externally and internally.
I am fortunate to work with an excellent ENT surgeon (Dr. Gary Rust) in San Francisco, where we combine our expertise to perform many functional rhinoplasties that have improved the breathing for many patients, as well as shape, if desired.