Many patients come to me to explore rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, but this surgery is also common for people suffering from a variety of medical issues. Because of the prominent position of the nose in the center of the face, it is often the unfortunate target of accidents and incidents.
A deviated septum results in difficulty breathing. With a deviated septum, the wall in the center between the two nostrils is abnormally crooked. This abnormality may lead to a patient experiencing chronic snoring and sleep apnea. The patient may also have difficulty breathing during the day. To alleviate the blockage and make it easier to breathe, a surgeon will perform the procedure. While undergoing the surgery to repair the blockage, the patient can also have the benefit of receiving cosmetic adjustments.
Car accidents are a prevalent cause of nose injuries. Air bag inflation for front seat passengers often results in broken noses. Other types of accidents are also common, such as sporting and bicycling injuries. An unfortunate fall could also lead to a broken nose. After this type of injury, rhinoplasty will help restore the function of the nose once again. For best results, patients should have the operation quickly after the accident occurs. The first two weeks is the optimal window for surgical treatment. Broken bones in and around the eye sockets could also necessitate reconstructive surgery of the nose.
A benefit of needing rhinoplasty for medical reasons involves insurance coverage. Generally, insurance companies will cover the expenses of this surgery when it must be performed for medical reasons and not just cosmetic ones. Patients may often be able to give me some details about cosmetic changes they would like in their noses, which can be performed in conjunction with the rest of the procedure.