Rhinoplasty to improve Nasal breathing
We often encounter patients for whom the primary concern is breathing well through their nose, rather than the way they look. In these cases, the rhinoplasty procedure may be more “reconstructive” than cosmetic; however, the two can also go hand in hand, as in the following patient.
This patient complained of difficulty breathing through his nose, especially the right side. On exam, you can see that when he breathes in through his nose, the right side collapses shut. This is called “external valve collapse,” and can be congenital (the person is born with it) or the result of prior excessive surgery.[Click photo to enlarge]
Pre-op base view showing inwardcollapse of nose with inspiration. Post-op base view showing well-supported sidewalls.
To fix this patient’s breathing problem, a septoplasty was performed to straighten the cartilage inside his nose, and the “extra” cartilage from his septum was grafted to add support to the areas of collapse (this is similar to the way battens help to support the sail of a ship). This, along with some minor cosmetic work on his tip produced a dramatic improvement in his breathing, as well improving the “pinched” appearance of his nose.
For a nose job in San Diego or La Jolla California contact Dr. Roy Amir today at 858.658.0595.[Click photo to enlarge]
Pre-op front view shows a
"pinched" nose. Post-op front view
appropriate nasal width and shape.
To learn more about functional rhinoplasty, visit our website, www.sandiegoface.com or call 858 658-0595
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San Diego cosmetic surgeon Dr. Roy David Amir is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and specializes in plastic surgery exclusively of the Face, Nose, Eyes, Neck, and Scalp.
Dr. Amir is double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is one of a select group of cosmetic surgeons to complete a prestigious Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery under the auspices of the AAFPRS.
Dr. Amir's website address is www.sandiegoface.com