Nose Surgery Isn’t Just for Size
Nose surgery, medically known as rhinoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that has been steadily gaining popularity over the last several years, with well over 100,000 surgeries performed worldwide annually. While women request the majority of these surgeries, there is a large number of men who request nose reconstruction, as well. Rhinoplasty is most commonly requested for reshaping the size of the nose to make it more proportional to the face. However, some individuals undergo nose surgery because it is a medical necessity rather than as an elective cosmetic procedure. Nose surgery is performed for a variety of reasons that are not always about adjusting the size.
A Repair for Medical Reasons
For more than 80 percent of people, the nasal septum (the internal cartilage that separates the two nasal openings) is off-center. This condition is known as a deviated septum, and it can often make breathing through the nose difficult and can cause snoring. In some cases, the condition can also cause sinus infections. A deviated septum can be present at birth or can be caused by trauma to the nose. Once an individual has stopped growing, usually around age 18, a doctor can diagnose and treat a deviated septum with a nasal procedure known as septoplasty, which repairs the internal structure of the nose. Most patients have dramatic improvement with sleeping and exercising after this surgery.
Repair After an Accident
Each year, many people crack or fracture the bones of the nose, which causes the nose to become misaligned. There are numerous causes of broken noses, such as car accidents, sports injuries, or falls. When a broken nose requires surgery, it is best to correct the bones within two weeks. Once the bones begin to heal, it becomes much more difficult to straighten them because they become fixed into the fractured position.
Reconstruction Due to a Birth Defect
Some individuals are born with a crooked or off-centered nose or a bump on the bridge of the nose. These types of birth defects often cause people to lack self-confidence and self-esteem. By undergoing rhinoplasty, people with these birth defects can have a nose that complements their face and does not attract unwanted attention. Rhinoplasty is usually life-changing for these people.
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