Rhinoplasty procedures are often done to correct structural problems within the nose that make it hard to breathe through the nose. One common problem is a deviated septum. The septum is the wall between the nasal passages. If it’s crooked, it makes one of the nasal passages unduly small. In severe cases, a deviated septum can block the nasal passage altogether. A deviated septum can also cause frequent sinus infections and/or nosebleeds.
People experiencing breathing difficulties can gain significant relief by getting a functional nose job. This type of rhinoplasty is done to fix problems with the structures of the nose that limit airflow that affects normal breathing, or cause snoring. These problems are often due to birth defects, but may also be the result of trauma to the nose, which can lead to a deviated septum.
Functional rhinoplasty is done to clear airway obstruction, or to treat the internal nasal passages. Individuals suffering with nasal congestion that forces them to breathe mostly through their mouth, can benefit from surgery to remove airway obstruction.