Has your partner been nudging you awake at night, trying to stop your snoring? Or maybe you just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep because you can’t breathe normally. Maybe it’s a cold or allergies, or it’s possible that you have a deviated septum. You could also be suffering from vestibular stenosis or nasal valve collapse. Our nostrils lead to passages inside our nose, called valves because they control the amount of air we take in. The pressure caused by incoming air causes the valves to collapse slightly, then reopen as we exhale. You can see this for yourself if you look in the mirror and then inhale sharply. You’ll see the sides of your nose “cave in” a bit. The normal functioning of this opening and collapsing process is impacted when there is a nasal valve collapse.
The inability to breathe easily can cause ongoing discomfort and frustration and it can rob you of sleep. Everyone deals with nasal congestion from time to time - we get a cold, or we have seasonal allergies, and that makes it difficult to breathe. However, it is a chronic and persistent problem for some people, disrupting daily life as something much more than an annoyance. One common cause of obstructed breathing is nasal valve collapse. This condition can be a structural issue from birth, or it can result from damage due to injury or even previous surgery performed on the nose. Board certified facial plastic surgeon and ENT (otolaryngologist), Dr. Jeffrey Raval says “there many nasal-specific causes, but few adequately trained surgeons that a patient can identify to help solve the problem and improve their life.”
If a doctor’s certifications, trainings, and honors impress you, you will want to ask during your rhinoplasty consultation how long they have performed rhinoplasty procedures. Don’t assume that a greater more years or patients always means a better the procedure, healing process, and outcome. The best outcomes result from consistent practice. For rhinoplasty—the most complex, popular, and misunderstood of facial surgeries—a consistent practice is one in which the surgeon values each surgery, evaluates each outcome, and learns from each patient.
Do you hear that? Statistically speaking 60 percent of men over 40 snore. Up to 30 percent of women over 40 snore. It’s the noisy stuff marriage counseling is made of.
If you’ve had a cold recently and still haven’t recovered, it’s possible you’ve developed sinusitis.
The structure of your nasal airways and sinuses largely determines whether you’re breathing deeply and easily—or troubled by inflammation, mucus, pain or illness. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 30 million suffer sinus infections and breathing problems from allergies, pollutants, and structural issues in the nasal cavity. One such issue is a deviated septum, which affects 80% of people by injury or genetics. Such nasal-structural issues can decrease your quality of life through recurrent symptoms, like headaches, congestion, mucus, coughing, sore throats, fatigue, and even bad breath.
From patient references and before-and after-portfolios, you have heard and seen the benefits of your procedure. Investigate the surgeon’s commitment to your aesthetic, breathing, and overall health by seeing how they present risks of a Rhinoplasty procedure. If a surgeon answers to your concerns by listing only the physical risks of the procedure, this will probably not satisfy you. And, it shouldn’t. Through your own research, you probably already know the physical risks of nasal procedures. In truth, risks can begin well before your physical surgery depending on what you expect from the outcome and recovery.
Many are surprised to learn that their sinuses control the tone of their voice, that they have eight of them, and that they are not just in your nose. We all have two sinus cavities behind each eye, two in the bones between the eyes, two behind each cheek bone, and two under the forehead. In addition to protecting our lungs from allergens, pollutants, and infections, researchers suggest that sinuses also decrease pressure inside and weight of the head. As with any complex system, much can go wrong with serious consequences for your health, energy, and appearance.