The rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a "nose job," is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed, as an asymmetrical or disproportionate nose can throw off the balance of otherwise pleasing facial features.
Why Do People Seek Functional Nasal Surgery?
There are a number of reasons, but the most common ones include:
A lifelong medical issue
Some individuals are simply born with a nose that is not formed correctly and have been struggling with breathing issues, snoring, and sleep apnea for their entire lives. Many of these individuals don’t even realize how much the deformation is affecting them until after it is corrected, and they realize how much better they feel! One of the most common lifelong issues is a deviated septum, wherein the middle cartilage of the nose is misplaced or off center, impairing breathing.
The result of an injury or other condition
Sometimes, people don’t start experiencing functional issues of the nose until after the nose is broken in an accident. Many people dismiss the symptoms they experience as the broken nose is healing, expecting them to go with time, but are dismayed to find that once the broken nose has healed, they are still having trouble breathing. Functional issues can also be the result of certain cancers or conditions of the skin on the nose.
A poorly executed nose job
Unfortunately, we see a lot of patients who have undergone a rhinoplasty with another physician, and now are suffering from it. In addition to the embarrassing and difficult-to-fix aesthetic results, a poorly performed nose job can introduce a whole host of functional problems that impede daily living. Careless surgical techniques can cause damage to structures that should have been left untouched, and the removal of too much cartilage can cause a “pinched” nose through which it is difficult to breathe.