If a structural issue with your nose seems to be causing sleeping issues, plastic surgery may be able to help.

A functional rhinoplasty can improve obstructive sleep apnea

According to recent research published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a functional septorhinoplasty has shown signs of significantly improving the severity of patients who suffer from nasal obstruction while sleeping. 

The study, conducted among 26 patients who suffer from nasal obstruction, underwent a functional rhinoplasty with no other airway procedure conducted, as well as undergoing pre- and post-operative polysomnography.

Apnea hypopnea, or the struggle to breathe comfortably while sleeping, decreased by 35 percent, from 24.7 pre-operatively to 16 post-operatively. Based on Nasal Obstruction symptom Evaluation scores, patients displayed an improvement of 63 percent overall. The most prominent improvements were seen in patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less. 

Researchers found that the severity of obstructive sleep apnea increases with BMI and age.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder, in which breathing stops and starts during sleep. Several types of sleep apnea exist, but one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the throat muscles relax and block the airway, causing snoring to occur. Although anyone can develop a form of sleep apnea, it is most commonly found in middle-aged and older adults that are overweight.

Undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure can help alleviate some of the danger associated with this disorder. A septorhinoplasty, performed to help a patient breathe more freely, is often considered one of the most difficult procedures to perform, and should only be left to an experienced professional. 

Dual-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. James Marotta has both experience and training in facial aesthetics and nasal function. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about the benefits of a nasal procedure. Visit our website for more information.