Paparazzi hide in bushes all over the world, waiting to snap the next tell-all photo, so that gossip magazines and other entertainment media can fill massive amounts of space speculating about celebrity enhancements and other forms of cosmetic surgery. Nose jobs, with “before” and “after” photos, are a favorite. Putting aside the violation of privacy, these reports often entirely miss the point of the procedure.
Yes, people do turn to rhinoplasty surgery to change the shape or appearance of a nose they aren’t happy with or feel represents how they wish to be seen by the rest of the world, which is a perfectly valid goal. Many, however, travel thousands of miles to seek out the premier surgeons in New York City, Beverly Hills, Miami and other locations known for their success in performing what can literally be life-changing surgery for medical reasons. These include a deviated septum, birth defects and airway obstructions due to some sort of trauma or illness. One of the most common motivators is the struggle with chronic sinus problems.
Our sinuses are actually nothing more than air-filled cavities in various bones of the face and skull, located in places like between the eyes, behind the cheekbones and in the forehead. Besides affecting the quality and timbre of our voices, their main function is to keep the inside of the nose from drying out and protect it from foreign materials, such as dust, dirt and pollutants.
When our sinuses are functioning as they should, we barely take notice of them. Let them become blocked for some reason and that changes pretty quickly! Ask a chronic sufferer of sinus headaches or sleep apnea just how significant an issue it is in their daily life.
Problems Connected to Obstructed Air Passages
- Constant congestion
- Pressure resulting in painful sinus headaches
- Dry mouth
- Altered sense of smell
- Breathing through the mouth
- Frequent sinus infections
- Insomnia or interrupted sleep
- Sleep apnea
- Heart disease
The benefits to a surgical procedure that clears the sinuses or removes an obstruction thereby allowing a patient to breathe easier are obvious. Energy increases. Headaches go away or at least decrease in frequency. No more nosebleeds. Blood pressure may normalize. The day may even come when the cpap machine can be returned because there’s no longer an issue with sleep apnea. Maybe most significant of all is the reduction in stress on the heart that was the result of constantly struggling to breathe properly.
How could anyone argue with such results? But, what if instead of a “win”, this procedure could be turned into a double victory? While clearing the air passages and improving functioning can be accomplished without changing the shape of the nose, it is actually an ideal time to make these sorts of alterations.
In the past, a client would consult with their surgeon for the sole purpose of reshaping or changing the contour of the nose. During the process, it would become evident that there was structural work that needed to be done for the patient’s health. Today, experienced rhinoplasty surgeons focus on function and appearance from the very beginning, which can only add value and satisfaction for their clients.