How Nasal Surgery Can Improve Breathing and Quality of Life

Breathing is one of the most fundamental aspects of life, yet many people struggle with breathing difficulties due to structural issues within their nasal passages. At VIVE Plastic Surgery, we specialize in nasal surgery, not only to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the nose but also to improve breathing and overall quality of life. In this article, we will explore how nasal surgery can address breathing problems, the procedures involved, and the benefits you can expect.

Understanding Nasal Surgery

Nasal surgery, also known as rhinoplasty when performed for cosmetic reasons, can also be functional, addressing structural issues that impede normal breathing. Functional nasal surgery aims to correct abnormalities such as a deviated septum, nasal polyps, or other obstructions that can hinder airflow.

Common Breathing Issues Addressed by Nasal Surgery

1. Deviated Septum

A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum, the wall that divides the nasal cavity into two nostrils, is off-center or crooked. This can cause one nostril to be significantly smaller than the other, leading to breathing difficulties.

2. Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths that can develop in the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses, leading to blockages that make breathing difficult.

3. Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis involves prolonged inflammation of the sinuses, which can cause congestion, pain, and difficulty breathing through the nose.

4. Enlarged Turbinates

Turbinates are structures inside the nose that help filter and humidify the air we breathe. When they become enlarged due to allergies or other factors, they can obstruct airflow.

Types of Nasal Surgery

1. Septoplasty

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. During the surgery, the nasal septum is straightened and repositioned to improve airflow through the nasal passages.

2. Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty aims to improve breathing by reshaping the nasal structures. This can involve reducing the size of nasal turbinates, removing polyps, or correcting other structural issues.

3. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

This minimally invasive procedure uses an endoscope to remove blockages, polyps, or diseased tissue from the sinuses, improving drainage and airflow.

4. Turbinate Reduction

Turbinate reduction surgery involves shrinking the size of the turbinates to reduce nasal obstruction and improve breathing.

Benefits of Nasal Surgery

1. Improved Breathing

The most immediate and significant benefit of nasal surgery is improved breathing. Correcting structural issues allows for better airflow through the nasal passages, reducing symptoms such as congestion and difficulty breathing.

2. Better Sleep

Improved nasal airflow can lead to better sleep quality. Many people with nasal obstructions suffer from sleep disturbances or sleep apnea, and nasal surgery can help alleviate these issues.

3. Enhanced Quality of Life

When breathing becomes easier, many aspects of daily life improve. Patients often report higher energy levels, better exercise tolerance, and an overall improvement in their quality of life.

4. Reduction in Sinus Infections

By improving nasal drainage and reducing obstructions, nasal surgery can help decrease the frequency and severity of sinus infections.

5. Improved Sense of Smell

Clearing nasal obstructions can also enhance your sense of smell, which can significantly affect taste and overall enjoyment of food.

The Nasal Surgery Procedure

1. Consultation

The process begins with a thorough consultation at VIVE Plastic Surgery. During this visit, your surgeon will evaluate your nasal structure, discuss your symptoms, and determine the most appropriate surgical approach.

2. Pre-Surgery Preparation

You will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for your surgery, including any necessary medical evaluations, medication adjustments, and pre-surgical hygiene routines.

3. Surgery

Nasal surgeries are typically performed under general anesthesia. The specific procedures and techniques will depend on the type of nasal surgery being performed. Your surgeon will make the necessary corrections to improve nasal function and breathing.

4. Recovery

Recovery times can vary based on the complexity of the surgery. Generally, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and congestion for a few weeks following the procedure. It is crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Post-Surgery Care and Recovery

1. Follow-Up Appointments

Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor your healing process and address any concerns that may arise during recovery.

2. Managing Discomfort

Your surgeon will prescribe medications to manage pain and reduce inflammation. Using cold compresses and keeping your head elevated can also help alleviate discomfort.

3. Activity Restrictions

You will need to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and any activities that could impact your nose during the initial recovery period. Light activities and walking are encouraged to promote circulation.

4. Long-Term Care

Maintaining good nasal hygiene and following your surgeon’s recommendations for long-term care can help preserve the benefits of your nasal surgery and prevent future issues.


Nasal surgery offers a highly effective solution for those struggling with breathing difficulties due to structural issues within the nose. At VIVE Plastic Surgery, our experienced surgeons are dedicated to improving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of your nose, helping you achieve better breathing and an enhanced quality of life. If you are experiencing nasal obstructions or breathing problems, schedule a consultation with us to explore how nasal surgery can benefit you.