Question: I’ve always had trouble breathing and I was wondering if I might have a deviated septum. What are some of the common symptoms of a deviated symptom how does rhinoplasty fix this?
Answer: Breathing trouble affects many people. For some people, breathing trouble may be due to a deviated nasal septum. It is important to understand the nose can be viewed from two aspects: it has a functional aspect in which to help a person breathe effectively and it also has an aesthetic aspect. It is very important when choosing rhinoplasty to consider a surgeon who has knowledge of both the physiologic and the structural anatomy of the nose as well as the aesthetic components of the nose. Choosing a surgeon who has only an understanding of the aesthetic concepts of the nose could lead to a procedure which makes the nose look better but could impair the breathing and lead to a poor nasal airway with breathing difficulties. Also, if the surgeon is not aware of the physiological structure and anatomic aspects of the nose, overtime the initial changes that may look very good may deteriorate and the nose may change in ways that the patient did not hope for. It is impossible to diagnose a deviated nasal septum without having a clinical examination by a surgeon experienced in examining the nose. It is most important to diagnose a deviated nasal septum by seeing a surgeon who specializes in treating nasal disorders. Nasal obstruction can be caused by many different things. Rhinoplasty surgery refers to a technique where changes are made to the nose to improve the aesthetics of the appearance of the nose. Usually, when you’re operating on the aesthetics as well as the nasal septum, we use the term “septorhinoplasty”. A rhinoplasty is primarily focused on aesthetics of the nose, however techniques must be performed to ensure that internal and external nasal valve collapse does not occur as a result of the procedure. In summary, a deviated nasal septum is a medical condition which is due to the twisting of the mid line nasal bone and cartilage which leads to nasal obstruction which can be diagnosed by a surgeon who specializes in nasal disorders.