On a functional level, your nose serves the simple purpose of helping to pass air from the outside world into your respiratory tract. Special cells inside your nose also provide you with a sense of smell as well as certain aspects of your sense of taste.
Natural deviations and injuries that affect the internal structure of the nose can lead to a wide range of issues. Impeded respiration through the nose can cause you to frequently breathe through your mouth, leading to dry mouth and other issues. Individuals who struggle with sleep apnea and physical defects with the structure of their nose may further be at increased risk of suffering complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease and possible risk of stroke.
It’s also worth noting that physical defects in one or both nostrils that impair the sense of smell can potentially lead to issues with depression and could even have a long-term impact on sense memories.
Even a nose that doesn’t have any structural issues yet has cosmetic imperfections can impact your self-image and your self-confidence in social settings.
Fortunately, our doctor is well versed in different rhinoplasty techniques to help address both structural and cosmetic imperfections with the nose.
Endonasal rhinoplasty is often called for to address internal structural issues with one of both nostrils. Also known as closed rhinoplasty the outpatient procedure can improve the passage of air as well as address issues associated with a deviated septum. The process might also include reshaping the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasty may also help address cosmetic issues with the orientation or position of your nose.
Open rhinoplasty can also be performed on an outpatient basis. It is more commonly used for addressing external cosmetic imperfections with the nose. It might include excising skin and subdermal tissues to improve your outward appearance.
After the procedure, our surgeon will apply any necessary bandages which might also include placing a nose splint. You might notice some minor swelling in your nose and the surrounding tissues. Any prescription anti-inflammatory or pain medications will need to be taken as directed to maximize their effectiveness. A follow-up appointment will likely be needed to monitor your progress.
If you have been struggling to deal with a structural or cosmetic issue with your nose or one of your nostrils, we invite you to set up a rhinoplasty consultation at our clinic. We look forward to improving the function and appearance of your nose!