Nose Jobs: Making You Look Better and Breathe Better

A nose job, or a rhinoplasty, is the most common plastic surgery procedure performed on men and the fourth most common procedure performed on women. Yet, most people don’t realize that cosmetic surgery on the nose can, and often does, have an impact on one’s ability to breathe through their nose. So, in selecting a surgeon who has experience in performing cosmetic surgery on the nose, you want to ensure they have experience in addressing the non-cosmetic functions of the nose too… like being able to breathe well!

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A nose job, or a rhinoplasty, is the most common plastic surgery procedure performed on men and the fourth most common procedure performed on women. Yet, most people don’t realize that cosmetic surgery on the nose can, and often does, have an impact on one’s ability to breathe through their nose. So, in selecting a surgeon who has experience in performing cosmetic surgery on the nose, you want to ensure they have experience in addressing the non-cosmetic functions of the nose too… like being able to breathe well! 


We all know the nose is one of the most critical features of one’s appearance. Some of us may know that the functional aspects of the nose enable one to smell, taste, as well as humidify and clean the air on its way to the lungs.  What we are most likely not aware of is if only the aesthetic concerns about one’s nose are focused on during pre-operative consultation and the subsequent surgery, there may be negative consequences on the functional capability of the nose.  In that case you could end up looking more beautiful but breathing much worse. 


So how does one prevent a breathing problem from either occurring or not being addressed before a nose job is contemplated?   Since trouble breathing through the nose has many potential origins, it is important that your doctor thoroughly examine the inside of your nose, as well as the outside, when you are considering a nose job. This way, if you are in a situation where you want to change the appearance of your nose and breathe better, both of these important issues are on the table ahead of time.


With rhinoplasty revision rates ranging from 10-20%, there are a growing number of dissatisfied patients who have undergone rhinoplasty and have cosmetic and/or functional complaints related to their previous nose job.  Whether you are interested in discussing rhinoplasty for the first time or are inquiring after prior surgery, it remains critical that the surgeon you consult with has experience with both cosmetic as well as functional nasal complaints.


For further information please visit www.entandallergy.com/afp/lin_rhinoplasty

Blog written by Jonathan E. Aviv, MD, FACS
Author of over 60 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory...