Functional vs. Cosmetic Nose Surgery

Plastic surgeons understand that there are deep personal motives in patients who seek them out to improve the appearance of the nose. They want to feel better about themselves because the nose they were born with may be too big or oddly shaped. Or they may want a different look altogether with a newly shaped nose.  Vanity and low self-esteem are prime motivators in cosmetic nose surgery. However, there is always a measure of risk in rhinoplasty. For this reason , cosmetic surgeons will often play devil's advocate to make absolutely sure this is what the patient really wants.

That being said, there are non-cosmetic reasons for nose surgery which may far outweigh reasons that are purely cosmetic.  A person may have been in a car accident where the face met the steering wheel hard or suffered a sports injury and a broken nose. Another patient may have a deviated septum from a past injury and obstructed airways, making breathing difficult.  These reasons are medical and therefore increase the urgency and value of rhinoplasty to restore the normal functioning of the nose.

If the nose isn't working properly and breathing is diminished, then the body isn't getting the oxygen it needs for optimum health. A person might feel dizzy, get headaches, snore non-stop, or experience interrupted sleep patterns. When the body doesn't get enough sleep, it is less able to handle the stress of the day ahead. The body suffers as a result.  Septoplasty repairs the deviated septum and restores it to its normal function. Turbinate reduction is another surgical procedure which is designed to reduce the size of the nasal air filters which may be causing difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath.

A well-formed nose is definitely a thing of beauty, and nasal surgery can certainly help. But when one's health is at stake from a nasal malfunction, then it's most certainly time to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon about nasal surgery.

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