Breathing difficulty after rhinoplasty
Even after best aesthetic results sometimes we see nasal breathing problems. Postoperative nasal obstruction is caused by 2 main factors.
1-Problems that are present before the operation (deviation, choncae hypertrophy, polyps etc.)
2-Narrowing of the roof of the nose because of operation. 10% of rhinoplasty cases have this problem.
Overresection of nasal alae can result nasal valve problems. Nasal alae collapse while taking breath in. Allergy is another reason for nasal obstruction.
Rhinits because of infection, allergy, vasomotor reasons, sinusitis, drugs can cause swelling of the mucosa and can cause obstruction.
Cartilage and bone deviations, drop of the nasal tip and many surgical problems can cause obstruction of the nose.
Treatment is surgical. Patient should admit to ENT physician. Mechanic obstructions are corrected by surgery. Nasal turbinates can be treated by radiofrequency applications. Nasal tip deformities can be corrected by revision rhinoplastic surgeries.