Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinuses. When the sinuses are blocked with fluid instead of air, bacteria are able to grow, leading to an infection. There are many conditions that can cause sinusitis, such as colds, allergies, nasal polyps and a deviated septum. If you are plagued by sinus problems, such as chronic infections and sinusitis, your ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist may suggest that you look into rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure done to create more visually pleasing nasal contours and ensure that the nose is in harmony with the rest of the face. However, there are specific rhinoplasty-type procedures that are recommended for sinusitis patients.
This term can be confusing since all rhinoplasty is functional, but this type of surgery aims to repair the functionality of your nose. For example, if you have breathing issues, this type of rhinoplasty will correct that. With functional rhinoplasty you can ask your surgeon to keep the outer look of your nose intact and only repair the interior where the breathing problems are occurring or you can ask that new nasal contours be created.
For patients with deviated septums, when the dividing wall that separates the left and right nasal passages is bent, twisted or bowed, a nasal septoplasty is recommended. This procedure involves surgical techniques that straighten the septal partition leading to improved breathing.
Nasal polyp removal
Polyps are benign growths that look like grapes. They obstruct the nasal passages, causing problems with breathing. The removal of these polyps is a simple procedure; however, polyps can recur in people who are prone to fungal allergies. A nasal polyp removal procedure may not be enough to treat your sinusitis and it can be done concurrently with other nasal surgeries.
If you do suffer from sinusitis, a rhinoplasty procedure can work to help you with your issues. Your surgeon will tell you which one will be the most successful for your case. Many sinusitis patients undergo functional rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty at the same time to improve their breathing and the overall appearance of their nose.
There’s no reason you should continue to suffer from chronic sinus issues when a rhinoplasty-type procedure can fix the problem, enhance your nose and boost your self-confidence. Contact us for more information.