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Nasal Irregularities That Cause Breathing Issues

Many individuals suffer from nasal irregularities that can significantly hinder their ability to breathe comfortably. These issues often stem from structural problems within the nose, leading to various functional problems. One common problem is a deviated septum, where the wall between the nostrils is off-center or crooked. This condition can obstruct airflow, making it difficult to inhale and exhale through the nose, often resulting in chronic congestion and snoring.

Another common issue is enlarged turbinates, which are structures inside the nose that help humidify and filter the air we breathe. When these turbinates become swollen due to allergies or other factors, they obstruct airflow and cause persistent stuffiness and breathing difficulties. Additionally, nasal valve collapse can occur when the outer walls of the nostrils weaken or narrow, further limiting the passage of air through the nose.

How Functional Rhinoplasty Can Help You

These issues affect your ability to breathe and your overall quality of life. Functional rhinoplasty addresses these underlying irregularities, offering individuals relief from their breathing difficulties and restoring the functionality of their nose.

Functional Rhinoplasty: An Overview

Functional rhinoplasty improves the functionality of your nose. Unlike cosmetic rhinoplasty, which focuses on altering the nose’s appearance, functional rhinoplasty addresses structural issues that impede proper airflow and cause breathing difficulties. Dr. Burchhardt may correct problems like a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal valve collapse to enhance nasal function. By restoring optimal airflow, functional rhinoplasty can alleviate issues like chronic congestion, snoring, and difficulty breathing, ultimately improving your quality of life.

Functional Rhinoplasty Corrects:

  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarged turbinates
  • Nasal valve collapse
  • Chronic congestion
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nasal polyps that block airflow
  • Trauma-induced nasal deformities
  • Sleep apnea related to nasal obstructions

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Functional Rhinoplasty FAQs

How long does the recovery process take?

Recovery times vary depending on the extent of the surgery and individual factors. Typically, you can expect some swelling and discomfort for the first week or two, and full recovery may take several weeks to a few months. You can resume most daily activities within a week, but strenuous workouts should be avoided for a few weeks.

Will functional rhinoplasty change the appearance of my nose?

While functional rhinoplasty primarily addresses structural issues, it can sometimes have a subtle impact on the nose’s appearance. However, the main goal is to improve breathing, and any aesthetic changes are usually secondary.

Are there risks associated with functional rhinoplasty?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, these risks are minimal, and Dr. Burchhardt takes all available precautions and provides detailed aftercare guidelines to reduce their likelihood.

Will I experience pain after the surgery?

Some discomfort is normal after functional rhinoplasty, but it is manageable with prescribed pain medication. You may also experience nasal stuffiness, but you should avoid blowing your nose. Most patients find the discomfort to be tolerable.

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Why Choose Dr. Daniela Burchhardt?

Dr. Daniela Burchhardt stands out as a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializing in cosmetic surgeries of the neck and face. What sets her apart is her unwavering dedication to the art of facial transformation, helping you achieve optimal facial balance while addressing your functional concerns. In a field predominantly led by male practitioners, Dr. Burchhardt brings a unique woman’s touch, ensuring every patient’s results are remarkable and beautiful. Schedule a consultation to elevate your nasal health.

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