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Non-Cosmetic Reasons for a Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a great way to lose the bump or hook on your nose or to change the size or shape, but this surgical procedure is not only about how you look. Often, rhinoplasty is about your health.

Dr. Robert A. Guida is well known for his skillful plastic surgery techniques that transform his patients’ features into a more balanced, aesthetically pleasing visage. But above all, his main concern is always for your health. His highly successful rhinoplasty procedure is one of the ways he helps our patients overcome various health challenges, including the following conditions.

Sinus problems

If you have difficulty breathing, it could be because the valves inside your nose are too narrow or small. This can be inherited, caused by an injury, or be the result of collapsing sinuses due to aging. You may even have a deviated septum, a deformity or injury to the cartilage that separates your two nostrils.

Dr. Guida can reconstruct those passages with rhinoplasty, almost always done through tiny incisions inside your nose, so you won’t have any visible scarring.

Cleft palate or lip

A cleft palate or cleft lip is a birth defect that causes a split in the upper lip when the facial features in that area don’t close completely. This leaves a gap or or extreme dent in the upper lip. Sometimes this condition also affects the nose, and rhinoplasty becomes part of the overall treatment plan to reconstruct the features for both functional and cosmetic reasons.

Broken nose

Whether you got elbowed in a heated game of hoops or hit your nose on the steering wheel during a car accident, broken noses are both common and painful. They also tend to leave your nose a little off kilter. Rhinoplasty can put your nose back into its normal position, but it also solves a few other issues.

When you break your nose, you can end up with chronic breathing problems and sinus infections. You may even lose your sense of smell. That’s why rhinoplasty for a fractured nose constitutes a cosmetic and a medical procedure. 

Repair after brain surgery

Brain tumors, whether malignant or benign, are often removed through the nose, depending on their location. While this surgery can save your life, it can also damage the inside of your nasal passages. That’s where rhinoplasty comes in to repair the damage and reconstruct the airways. 

Sleep apnea

Nasal passages that are too narrow can make it difficult to breathe. At night, this may lead to extreme snoring and even sleep apnea, a life-threatening disorder. In some cases, this might be due to a deviated septum, the midline wall between your nostrils, and it may require rhinoplasty to solve the issue. Dr. Guida addresses any deformities and strengthens the structures in the process. 

Clearly, rhinoplasty is not just for changing your looks; it’s an important procedure for several serious medical conditions as well. If you have trouble breathing, and more conservative treatments haven’t improved your condition, give us a call at either our Staten Island or New York, New York locations or book an appointment online to find out if you’re a candidate for rhinoplasty.

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