The Truth About Reconstructive Rhinoplasty

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The truth of the matter is that not all plastic surgery is for cosmetic purposes. Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that  millions of people every year undergo in order to fix nasal deformities; such as a deviated septum, a collapsed alar valve, or the removal of turbinates.

Deviated Septum
When the bone inside your is crooked and slanted to one side, not only is this aesthetically displeasing, but it often makes breathing difficult. During a reconstructive nose job, the plastic surgeon will attempt to straighten out this bone as much as possible in order for the patient to experience a more normal breathing pattern.

Collapsed Alar Valve

This is another instance where the patient’s breathing is greatly affected. The alar valve is basically the nostril flap of your nose. Sometimes, one of these will collapse. The end result is the patient only being able to breathe out of one side of his or her nose. When both sides collapse – which does happen – it could be a matter of life or death, as without corrective surgery the patient will only be able to breathe out of his or her mouth.

If you feel you may be suffering from one of these deformities, the first step would be to visit a plastic surgery message board or other online discussion forum to educate yourself further about revision rhinoplasty. After that, you will want to consult a board certified plastic surgeon if you plan on undergoing this operation.

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