Q) After a recent boxing injury in which I took a severe blow to the nose, I’ve had trouble breathing. Will a rhinoplasty procedure fix this problem?
A) Breathing trouble in the nose after traumatic injury to the nose is very common. It is best to examine the nose and see what the cause of the problem is. If the nasal bones of the nasal septum are deviated, septorhinoplasty surgery may be needed. However, if there is a lot of soft tissue swelling in the nose, it may be hard to tell whether or not surgery is indicated. So, it is best initially to wait and see if things improve. Quite often if the nose is broken, at the time of the break the person himself or a coach may try to re-set the nose, they may go to the nearest emergency and have the nose re-set which may prevent having trouble breathing after the procedure. Rhinoplasty alone, in general, is used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose not to fix the breathing problems.