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Rhinoplasty is most commonly sought by people who are unhappy with the appearance of their noses. However, rhinoplasty can also be used to correct a number of breathing problems associated with structural irregularities in the nose. If you are having persistent breathing problems and are also concerned about the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty may be the right procedure for you.
This page highlights some of the functional problems that rhinoplasty can correct, but the best way to learn whether surgical correction is the best solution for your breathing problems is to talk to your doctor. And to learn more about correcting breathing problems while improving the appearance of your nose with rhinoplasty, please schedule a consultation at E. Kim Plastic Surgery.
Defects That Cause Breathing Problems
The internal structure of the nose is very complicated, and there are a number of factors that commonly contribute to breathing problems. These include:
- Deviated septum
- Enlarged turbinates
- Compromised nasal valve
The septum is the wall that divides your nostrils from each other. Turbinates are structures inside the nose that help you breathe and smell and contain most of the mucous membranes in your nose. The nasal valve is the narrow area at the back of the nasal cavity.
These defects can all be corrected surgically, either independently or as part of a rhinoplasty. If you are not looking for an improvement of the appearance of your nose, a rhinoplasty is not generally recommended, but if you are looking to correct the appearance of your nose at the same time as improving your breathing, then rhinoplasty can help.
Why Choose E. Kim Plastic Surgery for Functional Rhinoplasty
Your nose is highly visible and if you are considering surgery to improve the appearance as well as the function of your nose, you need to work with a surgeon you feel confident can give you the results you desire from the procedure. Dr. Eugene Kim has extensive training and experience in performing rhinoplasty to improve the appearance and function of the nose. He has experience working on noses of many ethnicities and understands the anatomical differences that can pose a challenge in getting a natural, harmonious, and attractive appearance.
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