Category: Functional Rhinoplasty

The Importance Of Functional Rhinoplasty And Breathing Well

There are many people who don't breathe well but don't know it. They have become so accustomed to that deficiency that they are unaware that they have this problem. The breathing is an involuntary biological function we perform instinctively but must be done correctly because otherwise it can cause us many health problems such as fatigue, anxiety, digestive disorders and decreased athletic performance, and although we are aware that we are breathing badly, we have to find out if this is so before we have major health problems. Functional rhinoplasty gives us the solution to this uncomfortable problem.

There are several reasons why this bad breath occurs: they can be due to a deviated nasal septum, turbinate hypertrophies, insufficiency of the internal nasal valve, a sequel after multiple fracture factors that prevent us from correctly doing this vital function for our health.

It is advisable to go to a specialist to discuss our breathing problems, and they will give us the solution to our problem. In these cases, the intervention that is performed is functional rhinoplasty.

Depending on the type of injury the patient has, this type of surgery will be performed, but in one way or another: for example, if it is a sequel to a fracture, the nasal bones are reconstructed and fixed; or if it is an insufficiency of the internal nasal valve, a reconstruction is performed with grafts, or if it is a deviated nasal septum, what is done is a septoplasty. All these interventions are part of Functional Rhinoplasty, whose main objective is to improve nasal breathing.

With this surgery, we can improve respiratory function, correct congenital or acquired deformities, and repair nasal lesions or tumors.

On many occasions, there is the possibility of improving aesthetics in this same operation whose main objective is to improve respiratory problems. Breathing badly is a big problem, and that is why this functional rhinoplasty is specified for those patients who suffer from ventilatory failure. In addition, there are options to improve the functional part and also the aesthetic part of a single intervention. The advice of an expert surgeon is essential to discover what happens to us and possible solutions.

In this type of intervention, an open rhinoplasty is always performed, which requires an incision to be made in the central part of the nose, in the separation between the nostrils to directly access the bones and cartilage. Furthermore, with this type of functional rhinoplasty, solutions to the most serious problems in this area are achieved.

The usual thing is that in approximately two weeks, the patient is very well and notices the improvements in his breathing, and therefore sees his health improved as well.

What is a Functional Rhinoplasty?

According to figures published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 243,000 rhinoplasty procedures were performed in 2012. In adolescents, aged 13 to 19, rhinoplasty is the most frequent surgery.

Functional rhinoplasty will combine reshaping techniques to remove nasal blockage and improve breathing.

Anesthetic, functional or mixed intervention

Due to its location on the face, the nose is a capital aesthetic structure. The majority of patients use this intervention in order to obtain a nose with a more attractive shape and in better harmony with their entire face. Many subjects can present a septal deviation without gene or functional consequences, but alas, it is not the same for everyone. Indeed, some candidates for rhinoplasty have the sole purpose of improving the respiratory function of the nose. Other candidates may also present a mixed gene: aesthetic and functional.

For the vast majority, breathing is a natural function, such as walking, talking, or chewing food, without any concern. For others, breathing can be a tedious task. Breathing difficulties can manifest during physical activities, requiring faster and more intense breathing, but also during sleep, with difficulty falling asleep, snoring, or sometimes morning headache.

A nasal deviation can sometimes be the cause of recurrent sinusitis due to the septoturbinal conflict (between the septum and the cones).

Significant effects, beyond simple aesthetics: breathing better

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that differs from other plastic surgery procedures because of the complex function of the nose, the aesthetic significance of the nose, and the technical challenges it poses for the surgeon.

The shape and function of the nose are, to some extent, related: a change in the anatomical structure of the nose can have adverse effects on breathing, and conversely, specific surgical techniques aimed at improving nasal breathing can affect the appearance of the nose.

Respiratory problems can be attributed to a deviation from the septum that can block the airways. The septum is cartilage that separates the right and left side of the nasal cavity. This cartilage is rarely perfectly straight for anyone. When the bends in the bulkhead nod significantly on either side, the passage of air on one or both sides can be blocked, resulting in difficult breathing. To correct a deviation from the septum, a small incision is made inside the nose. Excess bone and cartilage are removed to further open the airways.

Another possible cause of respiratory disorders is the existence of enlarged cones (bony membranes covered with mucous membranes located inside the nasal cavities and acting as a humidifier for the nose) whose chronic widening can obstruct the respiratory tract.

All of these factors can occur naturally or as a result of trauma.

The advancement of rhinoplasty techniques over the past few years has made it possible to obtain results that are most often satisfactory, and a surgeon accustomed to this type of intervention can usually correct the causes of respiratory disorders in a single intervention. Whether rhinoplasty is purely cosmetic or functional, it is important to choose a practitioner working with all aspects of the nose, either as a qualified cosmetic surgeon and registered with the council of the order of doctors, or as a specialist ENT doctor.…