When is Rhinoplasty Medically Necessary?

When is Rhinoplasty Medically Necessary?

You might know that a rhinoplasty, or nose job, procedure can give you a more aesthetically pleasing, attractive nose. But, were you also aware getting a rhinoplasty can improve your breathing, clear chronic congestion, and resolve medical conditions like sleep apnea?

Many of the rhinoplasty surgeries board-certified plastic surgeon Joseph Fodero, MD, PA, performs at Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, are on people who are satisfied with how their nose looks but have medical reasons to get a rhinoplasty. Learn more about when a rhinoplasty might be medically necessary.

What does a rhinoplasty resolve?

Rhinoplasty is a general term for an individualized surgery that makes some type of change to your nose. Some surgeries improve how your nose looks, some improve how your nose functions, and others address both cosmetic and medical needs.

Before your procedure, Dr. Fodero has a detailed consultation with you to learn what aesthetic or functionality improvements you would like as an outcome. To make improvements in how your nose works or looks, Dr. Fodero might make alterations to your nostrils, your nose positioning and symmetry, shape, or size or your nose.

Depending on your desired goals, Dr. Fodero can either make minimal to no changes to your nose’s appearance while making necessary medical improvements or improve your nose’s appearance at the same time as he makes functional changes.

Reasons you might need a rhinoplasty for your health

If you’re not sure if you might need a rhinoplasty for medical or health reasons, these are some of the most common reasons Dr. Fodero performs medically necessary rhinoplasties.

You have a deviated septum

A deviated septum is a condition where your nasal septum is out of place. Your septum is the part of your nose that divides your nostrils.

Most people have a septum that is straight and evenly divides their nostrils, but sometimes, a septum can be crooked or otherwise unevenly divide the nostrils. This deviation can block airflow to your nose and make it more difficult to breathe.

If you have a deviated septum, Dr. Fodero corrects it so that it is evenly placed and straight, making breathing easier.

You have trouble breathing

Many different breathing issues can be caused or made worse by problems in the structure of your nose. This might be true if you find yourself having to breathe mostly through your mouth or have a condition like sleep apnea that impairs your breathing.

If you have any medical conditions or problems that impair your breathing, Dr. Fodero can determine in his assessment if a rhinoplasty will improve your airflow.

Trauma has caused nasal problems

Nasal trauma from impact or burns can push your nose out of place and cause bleeding or discomfort. When you’ve experienced trauma that’s injured or disfigured your nose, Dr. Fodero can restore your nose’s previous functioning and make your nose appear more similar to how it previously looked.

You have a birth defect that involves your nose

Some kinds of birth defects can make it harder for your nose to perform as it should. These include defects to your nose itself or nearby problems that cause structural issues in your nose, like a cleft lip.

If you have a nasal birth defect, Dr. Fodero can make changes in your nose that open up your airway and make other structural improvements.

If problems with your nose are restricting your quality of life, a nose job can help you breathe and live more easily. Contact Northeastern Plastic Surgery today to schedule a rhinoplasty consultation.

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