A recent study published in the February issue of JAMA Facial plastic surgery by researchers Palsely et al has shown how rhinoplasty can improve airflow in patients suffering from External Nasal Valve Dysfunction (ENVD). This study, conducted in Australia, was carried out on 19 patients suffering from nasal blockage due to ENVD and brought to the fore that rhinoplasty increased air flow for the patients.
Comfortable breathing patterns aid in better sleep and form the basis of using rhinoplasty as a solution for sleep disorders. Functional rhinoplasty involves the use of the procedure to set right conditions that affect the nasal passage while aesthetic appeal is also taken into consideration, right here in Chicago nose contouring, to ensure that the patient is comfortable with the results, blurring the distinction between functional rhinoplasty and cosmetic rhinoplasty.
Nasal congestion can affect sleep to a large extent, and according to a study by researchers Stull DE et al and published in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion in April 2007, nasal congestion can have a negative impact on the person’s life. This study has highlighted that nasal congestion could increase ‘sleep problems, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache and daytime somnolence’.
Patients who suffer from the following symptoms would benefit if they consulted the doctor about further investigations
• Nasal blockage
• Reduction in the sense of smell
• Breathing from the mouth(especially at night)
• Sleep apnea- a condition where there are pauses in breathing while sleeping
• Dry mouth
• Snoring- snoring is not an alarming condition but it can affect the quality of sleep for the individual as well as for the spouse.
When these symptoms are left untreated for a prolonged period of time the person could develop further, more severe, complications like recurrent sinus head ache and infections, disturbance while sleeping and even heart diseases.
A good restful sleep is necessary to work effectively the next day. Here are some of the nasal conditions for which Hinsdale rhinoplasty may be considered as a means for functional improvement:
1.Deviated Nasal septum:
Deviated nasal septum is very common and can lead to increased mucous discharge which results in a blocked nose. The nasal septum forms the median line that separates the two nasal passages; therefore, even a small deformity in the septum will have a significant impact on the nasal obstruction. Rhinoplasty is performed to treat this condition, along with septoplasty, to set right the septum deviation and to improve air passage.
2. Narrowing of the nasal valve:
The nasal valve offers maximum resistance to the air passage as the nasal valve is the narrowest part of the nasal cavity. The following conditions could result in nasal valve narrowing
a. The lateral wall may be displaced due to trauma
b. Inferior turbinate hypertrophy
c. Deviated nasal septum
d. Patients with a ‘narrow nose syndrome’
e. Patients suffering from facial paralysis
3. Hypertrophy of the inferior turbinate:
An enlargement of the turbinates can lead to an obstruction of the air passage. Reduction of the turbinates is necessary to bring the nasal passage back to normal.
4. Choanal Atresia:
This is a congenital condition with an occurrence of 1 in 5000 to 7000 live births and is characterized by nasal blockage. Choanal atresia is normally identified by Pediatricians but first time diagnosis has also been recorded in the adult populations.
5. Trauma or previous surgery in the sino-nasal region:
There are many conditions that could affect the nasal passage due to trauma and they include
a. Fractures in the nasal septum
b. Scarring in the nasal valve
c. Perforation of the septum due to the cocaine usage
6. Sino nasal inflammatory disease:
Many diseases can lead to the development of
These could result in the obstruction of the nasal passage, requiring treatment.
7. Skin cancer:
The growth of skin cancer, especially lesions on the nose, requires treatment and surgical intervention. The polyps are small and grape like but would require surgical removal to restore normal air passage.
Treatment of such conditions with rhinoplasty involves removal of nasal obstructions with appropriate nasal changes accommodated to promote better breathing. A normal breathing pattern encourages better sleep, indicating the necessity to clear your air ways. Consultation with leading Chicago rhinoplasty surgeon Dr Wafik A. Hanna would get you the results you are looking for.