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How to Correct Nasal Obstruction Caused by Rhinoplasty

With a significant portion of patients struggling with nasal obstruction following rhinoplasty, it’s no wonder revision rhinoplasty has become a staple procedure for many plastic surgeons. If you are experiencing any form of nasal obstruction or breathing difficulties after a nose job, it’s essential to understand how rhinoplasty may have not caused breathing issues but may have unmasked an underlying pre existing issue. This is called unmasking. In this blog we will cover such topics as  what you can do to have it corrected.

Nasal Obstruction Surgery

For several reasons, nasal obstruction surgery is necessary to restore function in the nasal airways. A past surgery may result in nasal passage blockages that may require revision rhinoplasty. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian helps women and men in the Newport and Orange County area enjoy open nasal passages. He and his team prioritize delivering cosmetic and functional benefits to you and your nose to improve your quality of life.

Nasal blockages partially or dramatically obstruct breathing. Patients with nasal breathing issues may also notice constant stuffiness or congestion. Other than unsuccessful rhinoplasties, there are several reasons nasal passages become blocked, including a crooked nasal septum, swollen nasal turbinates, and aging.

A deviated septum can cause congestion issues and breathing problems. Repairing these concerns requires a procedure known as septoplasty. Structures inside the nose, called turbinates, can become swollen, leading to chronic inflammation.

Aging is another common cause of nasal obstruction. The cartilage becomes weaker as we grow older, becoming less resistant to the effects of the elements. Gravity may cause the sides of the nose to collapse inward, changing the shape and width of the nostrils and obstructing airflow.

Benefits of Revision Rhinoplasty for Breathing

When the passages become blocked following a  rhinoplasty, Dr. Sajjadian can incorporate revision rhinoplasty to improve airflow through the nostrils and address various cosmetic concerns.

The most significant site for revision rhinoplasty is an area of the lateral nasal wall resting between the internal and external valve area. Structurally, it consists of fibrofatty tissues spanning from the bony piriform aperture to the lateral aspect of the lateral crura.

This region contains small sesamoid cartilages, which lends greater rigidity. Cutaneously, it corresponds to the supra-alar crease and occasionally is deep and retracted. As a result, this internal valve area is highly vulnerable to common rhinoplasty maneuvers, like tip-narrowing sutures or the complete strip. In addition, this region is often the epicenter of collapse during inspiration.

Dr. Sajjadian begins the procedure by thoroughly evaluating your initial condition. Then, he employs sophisticated imaging technologies to fully understand your unique nasal structure and create a detailed surgical plan.

Dr. Sajjadian and his team strive to learn and achieve patient goals, relying on a complete physical examination to analyze the patients’ aesthetic proportions and devise a personalized treatment plan.

Depending on your condition and concerns, he may reduce the enlarged tissues inside the nose, fix a deviated septum, and treat nasal obstruction. In addition, Dr. Sajjadian develops strategies to strengthen nasal support and alter the shape or size of the nose. Finally, he removes or adds to specific components to create a more aesthetically pleasing nose.

As a skilled and highly trained Newport Beach rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Sajjadian uses open and closed rhinoplasty approaches. These techniques treat persistent problems with previous rhinoplasty procedures to yield stunning results to help his patients look and feel more like themselves.

Recovery and Results

Recovery following revision rhinoplasty is much like the healing process following the initial surgery. You will experience some swelling and bruising. As these effects diminish, nasal airflow improvement is noticeable. Many of our patients see immediate improvement, while others start noticing easier breathing later in the recovery process.

Revision rhinoplasty by Dr. Sajjadian of Orange County improves the quality of life. When combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty, you’ll notice a positive change in your facial harmony as well.

Why Dr. Sajjadian?

Dr. Sajjadian takes pride in the comforting environment he created to encourage his patients to feel at home. As a highly skilled and reputable rhinoplasty surgeon in Newport Beach, Dr. Sajjadian lends his expertise, commitment to excellence, and artistic eye to every procedure. Complimentary consultations and financing options are available to help his patients enjoy our services sooner rather than later. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

At Dr. Sajjadian’s plastic surgery offices, patients are assured of receiving the highest level of care with advanced technology and procedures. This approach helps him consistently deliver rewarding aesthetic results for all of his rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and ethnic rhinoplasty patients. In addition, he specializes in resolving nasal structural issues and is regarded as a leading nasal obstruction correction expert.

Learn More About Revision Rhinoplasty

Call our Newport Beach office today at (949) 515-0550, or contact us to set up your revision rhinoplasty consultation. 

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