Functional Rhinoplasty to Improve Breathing: CBS 5 News Segments

Published on September 19, 2014

Is breathing difficult for you? While some people may require medicines and avoiding the outdoors during certain times of year, others may require a functional rhinoplasty surgery.

The same can be true if you’re having trouble breathing during high-intensity workouts. While some may have asthma that requires medical assistance from an allergy specialist and perhaps medications like inhalers, others may simply have blockages in the nose preventing enough air to get through the nasal passages and into the lungs. This makes exercising more difficult, strenuous, and exhausting and may even cause dizziness.

One of Dr. Hecht’s patients discussed her experience with having breathing troubles during workouts on CBS 5 News. Dr. Hecht found nasal obstruction, a bone spur that she didn’t know she had when she came into our practice for a cosmetic procedure.

Another patient came in because she had trouble breathing, and Dr. Hecht found an issue of sinusitis in the nasal passages that was causing the problem. He says that many patients with sinusitis have seen allergists multiple times, taken multiple antihistamines and likely dealt with several courses of antibiotics over the years to manage sinus infections. Dr. Hecht performed endoscopic sinus surgery to drain the sinuses, performed a septoplasty to correct her deviated septum, and then got to work on cosmetic corrections to reduce the nasal hump on the bridge of her nose.

The lesson? Plastic surgery isn’t just about beauty. A crooked nose could also mean a deviated septum, for example. There are medically necessary reasons for some rhinoplasty surgeries, such as to correct a problem causing pain, frequent sinus infections, and sinusitis and it’s best to see a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in the form and function of the nose, as Dr. David A. Hecht does here in Scottsdale, to correct any nasal obstructions or deformities.

While Dr. Hecht would love to see you for a functional rhinoplasty consultation, it’s also important to see your primary family doctor about any breathing difficulties you may have before opting for surgery to rule out any other underlying medical issues you may have.

Watch the video to find out more about how functional rhinoplasty helped these patients and then contact us to find out if it’s right for you.

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