Medical Reasons for Rhinoplasty

woman wearing casual clothes pointing with hand finger to face and noseWhen you hear someone has had a nose job – technically known as “rhinoplasty” – you may assume it was done for cosmetic reasons. Nose jobs can change the size and the shape of your nose, which can be a dramatic change for your entire appearance. But it can also improve your quality of life while helping to solve some health issues. Rhinoplasty is not just for cosmetic purposes!

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be used to give the cosmetic surgery patient the nose they’ve always wanted. It can be used to change the size or shape of the nose, to remove a bump on the nose, reshape the nostrils, or reshape the tip of the nose. It can also be used to correct a birth defect or to fix damage done from having a broken nose.

However, rhinoplasty can also be an option for patients who snore or who have breathing issues; these problems can be caused by problems with the nose’s septum or cartilage. Rhinoplasty can remove blockage in the nasal passage to help the patient sleep better and breathe easier, which can help patients with sleep issues such as sleep apnea. This very serious condition causes patients to briefly stop breathing during the night. This makes them wake up, even for a few seconds, and this can happen over and over again all night. Because it is only for a brief moment each time, they have no recollection of waking up throughout the night, and they think they have gotten a good night’s sleep, yet they always feel tired. Years of sleep apnea can also lead to serious health problems, such as hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, and obesity. Sleep deprivation can also make it hard to live a happy, productive life!

Do you snore or have trouble breathing while you sleep? Or maybe you’ve always thought your nose was too big for your face, and you’re finally ready to do something about it. Rhinoplasty can help with both cosmetic and medical issues! Contact the office of Dr. David Altamira, in Sugarland or Houston, for a rhinoplasty consultation. Call (713) 271-9000 for an appointment today!

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