Rhinoplasty and Breathing

Rhinoplasty and Breathing

Rhinoplasty, or a ‘nose job,’ is a common cosmetic procedure that is often associated with improving the appearance of the nose.

Rhinoplasty, or a ‘nose job,’ is a common cosmetic procedure that is often associated with improving the appearance of the nose. However, what many people don’t realize is that rhinoplasty can also have a significant impact on breathing and overall quality of life. Breathing difficulties, caused by a deviated septum, narrow nasal passages, or other issues, can affect daily activities, sleep quality, and even overall health. Rhinoplasty can help to correct these problems, leading to improved breathing and an enhanced quality of life. In this article, we’ll explore how rhinoplasty can improve breathing, the different techniques used for correcting breathing problems, and the benefits of undergoing this procedure.


If you’re considering rhinoplasty, you’re probably wondering how the procedure will affect your breathing. Let’s start with some basics: the nose is responsible for bringing air into and out of the lungs. But it also plays an important role in filtering that air, maintaining moisture levels, and warming or cooling the air before it reaches the lungs.

When you breathe in, air enters through your nostrils and passes over the hair-like structures (cilia) that line the inside of your nose. These cilia help to filter out any dirt, pollen, or other foreign particles from the air. The air then passes through your nasal passages and into your lungs.

During exhalation, the process is reversed and air exits through your nostrils after passing over the cilia lining your nasal passages.

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Rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It can change the shape of your nose, make it bigger or smaller, change the angle between your nose and upper lip, and correct birth defects or injuries. Rhinoplasty can also improve your breathing.

Most people who have rhinoplasty surgery are happy with the results. But like any surgery, there are risks and possible complications. You should know about these before you decide to have rhinoplasty.

An Overview of Normal Breathing

When we breathe, air moves in and out of our lungs through a network of airways. These airways include the nose, mouth, trachea (windpipe), bronchi (large airways in the lungs), and bronchioles (smaller airways in the lungs). The figure below shows a cross section of the trachea and lungs.

The entire process of breathing can be divided into two distinct phases: inhalation (breathing in) and exhalation (breathing out). During inhalation, muscles between the ribs contract and pull the rib cage up and out. This expansion of the thoracic cavity creates a decrease in pressure inside the chest, which sucks air into the lungs. During exhalation, the muscles between the ribs relax and return the rib cage to its original position. This decrease in volume of the thoracic cavity increases pressure inside the chest, pushing air out of the lungs.

Physiological Effects of Rhinoplasty on Breathing

Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of your nose. It can make your nose appear smaller, pointier, or straighter. Rhinoplasty can also improve breathing by correcting structural problems in the nose.

Before undergoing rhinoplasty, you should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations. The surgeon will examine your nose and determine whether rhinoplasty is right for you.

During rhinoplasty surgery, the surgeon will make incisions in the skin of your nostrils. Then, he or she will sculpt the bone and cartilage to achieve the desired results. Finally, the incisions will be closed with sutures.

Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. You may experience some discomfort after surgery, but this can be controlled with pain medication. Most people feel well enough to return home within a day or two after surgery.

It is important to note that rhinoplasty can cause some temporary changes to your breathing. This is due to swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages. However, these effects should subside within a few weeks as you heal from surgery.

Difficulties with Respiration Before and After Surgery

Breathing is vital to our health and well-being, but it can be difficult for some people before and after surgery. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a common type of plastic surgery that can alter the shape and size of the nose. This can result in difficulty breathing through the nose, which can be a temporary or permanent side effect.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to difficulty breathing before and after surgery, including:

Anesthesia: Anesthesia can cause temporary irritation of the throat and airway, which can make it difficult to breathe.

Pain: Surgery can be painful, and this pain can make it difficult to take deep breaths. Pain medication can help ease this pain and make it easier to breathe.

Swelling: Swelling around the nose and throat is common after surgery. This swelling can block the airway and make it difficult to breathe. Ice packs may help reduce swelling and make it easier to breathe.

Nasal packing: Nasal packing is often used after rhinoplasty to prevent bleeding and help the nose heal properly. However, nasal packing can also block the airway and make it difficult to breathe. If you have difficulty breathing with nasal packing in place, your doctor may remove it.

Tips for Proper Breathing Post Surgery

Assuming you have had a septoplasty which is common with a rhinoplasty, the following are tips to help you breath better post surgery. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks for your septum to heal properly.

1. Try nasal strips or a saline spray to help with any congestion you may experience.

2. Avoid blowing your nose for the first few days after surgery.

3. When sneezing, do so with your mouth open to avoid putting pressure on your nose.

4. Sleep with your head elevated to help reduce swelling and promote healing.

5. Drink plenty of fluids to keep your mucus thin and prevent congestion.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty on Your Quality of Life

There are many benefits that come along with improving your nose through rhinoplasty. One of the most important advantages is that it can significantly improve your quality of life. Below we will discuss a few ways in which this can be accomplished.

Aesthetically, you will feel much better about yourself after the surgery is complete. This increased level of confidence can lead to all sorts of wonderful opportunities, both professionally and personally. Friends and family will also take notice of your improved appearance and self-esteem, leading to stronger relationships overall.

From a functional standpoint, rhinoplasty can also have a positive impact on your quality of life. If you have been struggling with breathing issues due to a deviated septum or some other structural issue, correcting this problem can make a world of difference. Sleep will be more restful, exercise will be easier, and everyday activities won’t leave you feeling winded.

In short, there are many ways in which rhinoplasty can enhance your life in both major and minor ways. If you are considering this type of procedure, be sure to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon to learn more about what it can do for you.


Rhinoplasty is a great option for those looking to get a nose reshaping procedure. But it is important to know that the consequences can include changes in their breathing patterns and even snoring if not done correctly. With this in mind, getting an experienced surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty would be ideal. Having realistic expectations of what you hope to achieve from the surgery before going into it will also help make sure that your experience with rhinoplasty goes well and has as few risks or drawbacks as possible. Rhinoplasty is certainly worth considering if you are unhappy with your current nose shape and size, but make sure you have all the information beforehand so there won’t be any unwanted surprises afterwords.


MetropolMed has started providing services at the hospital in Tirana, Albania, with which we have an agreement.
MetropolMed has started providing services at the hospital in Tirana, Albania, with which we have an agreement.