How Well Does Your Nose Work, Advice from Sydney Nose Surgeon Dr Evans
Most patients who visit Shire Cosmetic for a nose job are concerned about the appearance of their nose. But what about its function? Rhinoplasty surgery (or a “nose job”) can be performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Even patients initially seeking cosmetic surgery may benefit from the structural improvements possible during rhinoplasty surgery.
Most people hardly ever think about their nose’s essential functional role. Unless you have noticeable breathing difficulties, you probably take it for granted that your nose is working as it should. On the other hand, if each breath you take is a struggle, you probably realise that your nose may have a structural issue.
Asthma, sinus issues, and nasal obstruction tend to cause noticeable breathing difficulties, prompting patients to seek treatment. Once discovered, underlying causes like allergies, nasal polyps, a deviated septum, and enlarged nasal turbinates are treatable through medication or surgery.
Detecting Breathing Problems
What about nasal issues that do not cause major breathing problems? If you do not notice when your ability to breathe freely has been majorly compromised, you’ll have no reason to seek treatment from a nasal specialist. However, your nose may still not be working as well as it could.
As an ENT, Dr Evans regularly performs breathing tests on his rhinoplasty patients, even those seeking a nose job for purely cosmetic reasons. Often, these checks uncover hidden problems that can be corrected during the rhinoplasty surgery. Here are some of the most commonly used nasal function tests:
1) Nasal peak inspiratory flow rate. This test is used to check your nasal function. While you inhale with your mouth closed, the flow of air into your nose is measured.
2) Rhinomanometry. This test measures the airflow rate as you breathe in and out. It is useful for measuring the pressure and airway resistance. Rhinomanometry may be used to measure changes in breathing abilities as a result of the rhinoplasty surgery.
3) Nasal Allergy Testing. Allergies can cause inflammation of the sinus, which can then lead to bacterial sinusitis. Nasal allergy testing allows us to establish what you might be allergic to.
Planning Rhinoplasty Surgery After Testing
These three tests are all used by Dr Evans when planning a patient’s rhinoplasty surgery. Unlike many other practices, Shire Cosmetic Medicine regularly tests our rhinoplasty patients, even those who do not complain of breathing difficulties. If you are seeking a cosmetic rhinoplasty, these tests may uncover hidden functional complaints, which are easily corrected at the same time as your nose is reshaped. Dr Evans uses advanced imaging software to examine the underlying structure of your nose and plan each patient’s rhinoplasty procedure.
These breathing tests may be conducted both before and after the rhinoplasty procedure. This enables Dr Evans to examine how the surgical results have impacted the patient’s breathing abilities. Whether performed for aesthetic or functional reasons, or a combination of both, nasal surgery is a delicate procedure that has the potential to significantly alter breathing function. Even the slightest changes in nasal shape can cause these changes. For this reason, Dr Evans tests all of his patients both before and after surgery.
Breathing Function Tests Conducted by D. Evans
Dr Evans performs breathing function tests on each of his rhinoplasty patients. Following the tests, he will discuss the findings with you, along with your cosmetic desires, before planning a surgery to address your aesthetic and functional concerns.
If you would like more information about how these breathing tests may help you, schedule a consultation visit with Dr Evans today.
Posted on 30 Sep 2013