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Need Sinus Surgery? Add Rhinoplasty!

Jacky Gale | August 9, 2018 | Posted in Rhinoplasty

before and after rhinoplasty

The nose is one of the most noticeable features on your face, since it protrudes outward. If you didn’t win the genetic lottery and aren’t happy with the proportions of your nose relative to those of your face, then you might consider talking to a plastic surgeon about getting rhinoplasty. But what if you also need sinus surgery for medical reasons? Will you need to have two separate surgeries on the same body part? Actually, no, not necessarily. Read on to find out about combining these two procedures.

Treating your sinus problems

People with chronic sinusitis suffer from ongoing inflammation of the nose and sinuses. Chronic sinusitis is defined as lasting three months or longer, which can lead to a considerable decline in quality of life for patients. There are many possible causes of chronic sinusitis, including nasal polyps, allergies, and infections. There are also many ways to treat sinus problems, including medications, saline nasal rinses or sprays, antibiotics, and short-term treatment with nasal decongestant sprays.

The problem with many sinus treatments is that they’re intended to be used on a short-term basis only. Nasal steroid sprays and oral steroid medications, for example, can cause serious complications if used for too long. This is why some people with chronic sinus problems begin to think about having surgery. Sinus surgery offers a permanent fix for the discomfort and misery of chronic sinusitis. And if you’re thinking about having sinus surgery anyway, and you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, why not combine sinus surgery with rhinoplasty?

Combining sinus surgery and rhinoplasty

Each surgery is customized to meet the needs and aesthetic goals of the individual patient. Some people want to make the nose smaller, while others want to remove lumps or otherwise reshape the proportions of the nose. A skilled plastic surgeon can restore aesthetic balance and proportions, while also eliminating anatomical problems that interfere with proper breathing, like a deviated septum.

It does take longer to perform a combined procedure than to do either a rhinoplasty or sinus surgery separately. However, the benefits are numerous. Perhaps the most compelling benefit to having a combined surgery is that there is only one recovery period. This saves patients from having to take two long vacations from work, it reduces the total number of painkillers used, and it can even be more cost-effective.

Whether you’re having a combined surgery or just one procedure at a time, the surgeon will need to make sure you’re in good overall health. Always disclose your full medical history, as well as any medications or supplements you’re taking.

Having a combined rhinoplasty/sinus surgery in NYC

No matter which approach you choose to correcting your nose issues, the most crucial factor is choosing a skillful, experienced surgeon. Dr. Thomas Loeb is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing rhinoplasty in NYC. He is known for his uncommon technical skills and sense of artistry, and he has extensive experience performing rhinoplasties, corrective nasal surgeries, revision rhinoplasties, and even teen rhinoplasties. Call Dr. Loeb’s Manhattan office today at 212.327.3700 for a consult.

Additional resources about rhinoplasty:

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Rhinoplasty, https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/rhinoplasty
  2. Mayo Clinic, Rhinoplasty, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/rhinoplasty/about/pac-20384532
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