Will a rhinoplasty affect my breathing?

While some people opt for nose reshaping surgery because their airway is obstructed, there are others who seek purely cosmetic improvements – and their concern is that surgery could in fact introduce new breathing problems. A rhinoplasty performed correctly should not create an obstruction; indeed, form and function go hand in hand, neither to the detriment of the other. A well constructed, well balanced, straight nose should also function effectively.

Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure

Because of the intricate anatomy of the nose, and its physiological function, rhinoplasty is one of the most complex forms of cosmetic surgery. Finding the right surgeon with the specific training and relevant experience is therefore of paramount importance. Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad has a specialism in cleft lip and palate and rhinoplasty surgery and has performed the full range of nose reshaping procedures many times with a high patient satisfaction rate; he produces results that are both visually appealing and structurally sound.

Will I notice any differences?

During your Cambridge rhinoplasty consultation, Mr Ahmad will describe the procedure in full, explaining how the nose’s functionality will be protected as well as detailing the potential risks and side effects. Mr Ahmad encourages his rhinoplasty candidates to ask questions and have their concerns addressed. He will also give you a clear idea of what to expect in the immediate aftermath of the procedure. Initially, you may experience difficulty in breathing through the nose because the nasal lining is swollen and the nasal passages are blocked by dry blood. This nasal congestion can be uncomfortable and require the patient to breathe through the mouth for the first week or so, but should clear as the swelling goes down. Applying ice packs to the cheek areas can help speed this process up.

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