Keeping your partner up all night? You might not hear you snoring, but odds are, someone else does. There are some easy fixes for minor snoring, but they’re not always effective. Ignoring the snoring or simply treating the noise itself is not always the best idea, as there are a lot of reasons people snore that relate to overall health. One fix for snoring that many people do not consider will probably seem obvious when you think about it: rhinoplasty (also known as a “nose job”). But how can rhinoplasty help, and is it a good solution for your nighttime noise?
Causes of Snoring
Snoring is a symptom of a problem, which is usually some kind of breathing issue. Blockages that cause breathing problems can often lead to snoring and sleepless nights. Some common problems include a deviated (crooked) nasal septum, or enlarged turbinates, which can swell, reducing the airflow in the nose. A previously broken nose, enlarged adenoids, and nasal polyps can also cause breathing problems.
How Rhinoplasty Can Help
Rhinoplasty is a nose reshaping procedure that can alter the form and/or function of the nose. While most people associate a “nose job” with cosmetic changes, a large number of patients seek the procedure to reduce breathing problems instead, whether that means straightening the nasal septum (wall separating the nasal passages), reducing enlarged turbinates, or improving the overall nasal structure for improved function. Functional rhinoplasty can also be combined with aesthetic rhinoplasty if desired, giving patients the chance to address all of their concern in one surgery.
The Procedure and Recovery
The procedure is generally performed with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Small incisions are made inside the nose, or horizontally between the nostrils, which allows the surgeon to pull back the skin and access the framework of the nose. Rhinoplasty is very complex and custom, involving a variety of techniques, like cartilage grafting, manipulating the bone structure, and more, depending on the patient’s individual needs and goals.
Once the surgery is complete, a splint will be placed on the nose for the first few days to help hold the structures in place and protect the nose. There will be significant swelling, and often bruising around the eyes, which should fade over 1-2 weeks. Most patients return to work after about 7-10 days following surgery. Swelling will persist for several months, with the majority resolving by 4-6 months. Residual swelling may persist until a year or more after surgery, but the results should be mostly apparent after a few months.
Not a Guarantee—and Not Right for Everyone
Unfortunately, as with many things in life, rhinoplasty is not right for everyone. While the procedure can help with snoring in some cases, the surgery is not a guarantee that snoring will cease completely. However, if you and your plastic surgeon agree that you are a good candidate for the procedure, and you understand all the risks and benefits, rhinoplasty might be a good solution for you.
Is it Covered?
Getting coverage for rhinoplasty procedures is a tricky business, because many people have the surgery for both functional and aesthetic reasons. As you might imagine, insurance companies will not cover any cosmetic changes to the nose, usually even when combined with functional changes. The patient will be responsible for those costs out of pocket. Even functional rhinoplasty may not always be covered—you will need to check with your individual insurance policy.
Aside from breathing benefits during the day and reduced snoring, people who improve their nasal function with rhinoplasty often sleep better overall, leading to improved quality of life. Sleep is essential to overall health, and breathing easier during the night can have an immense positive impact on other aspects of life.
Talk to a Plastic Surgeon
If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty, then it is time to seek the advice of a skilled plastic surgeon. A consultation with an expert will give you insight into your nose’s structure, potential issues, and whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. You will also get the opportunity to ask questions and discuss goals for the surgery.
When you are ready to start meeting with surgeons, you should only meet with board certified rhinoplasty specialists like Dr. Shervin Naderi of The Naderi Center. Experts like Dr. Naderi have the ability to overcome the challenges of the procedure and give patients great results. Call the center today if you are interested in setting up a consultation with Dr. Naderi.