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Nose Surgery for Breathing

Dr. Philip Miller

October 18, 2022

If you’re having trouble breathing due to a deviated septum or experiencing chronic sinus infections that don’t respond to over-the-counter medication, it’s time to schedule a consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Nose surgery for breathing can improve your airway and help you live a healthier life.

Types of Nose Surgery to Breathe Better

Different types of nose surgery help patients breathe better, including rhinoplasty and septoplasty.


If your nose is too small, it can cause airflow to become restricted, which can cause you to feel like you’re suffocating. If your nose is too large, it can cause your air passages to become narrowed, which can cause breathing to feel like you’re breathing through a straw. Both of these issues can be corrected with nose surgery (rhinoplasty).


Septoplasty is another type of nose surgery that is used to correct a deviated septum. While a deviated septum is the most common structural irregularity, other obstructions can impede airflow and make breathing challenging. Septoplasty surgery realigns the walls between the two nostrils for balance and symmetry in the nasal cavities. In some cases, it might be necessary to combine septoplasty with turbinate reduction, which removes or reduces the bony, mucosa-lined outgrowths on the sides of each nostril for easier air passage. 

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are both nose surgeries for breathing but are not the same procedures. A septoplasty can be performed independently from a rhinoplasty procedure to realign the septum into the midline using an incision by the nostrils. The septum is separated from the mucosa and repositioned for improved breathing. A crooked nasal septum is known as a deviated septum, which blocks the nasal passage and obstructs breathing.

A deviated septum is an internal obstruction that many patients do not know they have but can cause symptoms such as:

  • Snoring
  • Sinusitis
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Sleep apnea
  • Respiratory complaints

A septoplasty surgery has many benefits, including:

  • Better breathing: It clears the nasal passage for uninterrupted breathing patterns.
  • Improved sleep: Clear airways and consistent airflow allows for a quality night’s sleep without snoring or sleep apnea.
  • Fewer sinus infections: Drainage improves when the airway is clear and reduces reoccurring sinus infections.
  • Improved smell and taste: When the nose works properly and has aligned passageways, it makes smell and taste more powerful.

Rhinoplasty for breathing problems is a more comprehensive solution that can correct a variety of issues involving both function and appearance. A septoplasty is specifically used to treat a deviated septum, while rhinoplasty for breathing can correct other nasal obstructions, and address issues that impact the appearance of the nose.

Rhinoplasty for breathing can correct nasal support if one or both nostrils have a structural collapse that impedes breathing patterns. Before nose surgery for breathing, a detailed examination will determine the cause of impaired breathing and evaluate different nasal structures to identify the most effective course of action. 

A rhinoplasty procedure can treat cosmetic or reconstructive needs that improve the appearance by reshaping, reducing, and adjusting the angle. Rhinoplasty is ideal for patients looking to correct the nose’s appearance and breathing complications. The shape and size of nostrils and a hooked or crooked nose can make breathing more complex and can be fixed with a rhinoplasty. With an expert plastic surgeon, rhinoplasty is a diversified surgery that can improve various symptoms that impact form and function.

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Considering nose surgery for breathing problems? Contact our office today

Rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures are common plastic surgery procedures but are extremely complex and require an experienced, board-certified surgeon. Phillip J. Miller, MD, FACS, is a world-renowned double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience. He specializes in rhinoplasty procedures and has executed thousands of successful cosmetic and reconstructive nasal surgeries. 

Dr. Miller uses the Natralook® process to evaluate and design a treatment plan to give patients more aesthetic confidence. It is an empowering process that creates a safe and supportive space for patients to discuss concerns and desires and prepare a unified vision between Dr. Miller and patients.

If you are interested in nose surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons, we can help. Contact us to schedule a consultation at our New York City or New Orleans office and learn more about nose surgeries for breathing. 

Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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