Septorhinoplasty Beyond Aesthetics: The Medical Benefits of Nose Surgery
When most people hear ‘septorhinoplasty,’ they immediately think of cosmetic surgery designed to improve the nose’s appearance. However, the benefits of septorhinoplasty go far beyond mere aesthetics.
“This surgical procedure can address various medical issues, significantly improving a patient’s quality of life,” says Ramya Bharathi, who is an experienced ENT surgeon.
Septorhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that alters the shape of the nose.
Dr Bharathi says that while it’s widely known for its ability to change the nose’s appearance, septorhinoplasty is also a crucial medical procedure for correcting structural abnormalities: “These abnormalities can be congenital or due to injury and often affect the function and appearance of the nose,”
There are multiple issues septorhinoplasty can treat. In this article, Dr Bharathi explores some of the ways this operation can lead to a far superior quality of life for the patient.
Resolving Breathing Issues
One of the most significant medical benefits of septorhinoplasty is the improvement of nasal breathing.
“Conditions like a deviated septum, where the nasal septum — the wall between the nostrils — is displaced, can lead to chronic breathing difficulties and obstructive sleep apnea,” says Dr Bharathi.
The septum can be straightened through septorhinoplasty, improving airflow and alleviating symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring and sleep disturbances.
As a specialist in otolaryngology commonly known as an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, Dr Bharathi has seen countless patients whose lives have been transformed by these procedures.
She says: “When you have improved breathing, it enhances your sleep quality and impacts overall health. This includes reduced risks of heart conditions and better oxygenation.”
Correcting Sinus Issues
Chronic sinusitis, a condition characterized by prolonged inflammation of the sinuses, often leads to persistent nasal congestion, pain, and sinus infections.
Dr Bharathi says: “In some cases, structural issues within the nose contribute to this condition. Septorhinoplasty can potentially correct these structural problems, thereby improving sinus drainage and function.”
Patients who have undergone septorhinoplasty for sinus issues often report a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of sinus infections and an overall improvement in their ability to breathe comfortably.
For patients who have suffered nasal injuries, especially athletes, septorhinoplasty is often a critical component of rehabilitation: “It’s not just about restoring the pre-injury appearance; it’s about correcting any functional damage caused by the injury,” says Dr Bharathi.
“Reestablishing proper nasal structure is essential for both breathing functionality and preventing long-term complications.”
Supporting Mental Health
While this aspect veers towards aesthetics, it’s essential to acknowledge the psychological benefits of septorhinoplasty.
“For individuals with congenital nasal abnormalities or those who have sustained injuries, the appearance of their nose can be a significant source of self-consciousness and social anxiety,” says Dr Bharathi.
Corrective septorhinoplasty can bolster self-esteem and improve mental health, indirectly contributing to overall well-being.
As an ENT specialist, Dr Bharathi advocates for a broader understanding and appreciation of the multifaceted benefits of septorhinoplasty.
She says: “Septorhinoplasty is more than just cosmetic surgery. The procedure has the ability to improve nasal function, enhance breathing, and correct sinus issues.”
Dr Bharathi adds: “And the fact it can even boost mental health underscores its importance as a medical procedure.”
About Dr Ramya Bharathi
Dr Ramya Bharathi is a highly skilled Resident Physician in the Department of Otolaryngology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA.
Her impressive academic journey began at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree, graduating with Distinction in Research. This remarkable academic achievement was recognized with the Distinction in Research Award and the Gorowny O. Broun Award in Internal Medicine.
Dr Bharathi’s undergraduate studies at the College of New Rochelle were marked by academic excellence, graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude.
Since 2019, Dr Bharathi has contributed her expertise to the Tufts Medical Center. Her professional experience also includes a role as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, Columbia University, and New York University.
Dr Bharathi is a respected member of several professional societies such as the Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and the Triological Society.
Her research contributions are extensive, with 10 peer-reviewed publications and three presentations. Dr Bharathi has also taken part in five oral presentations, including a Comparison of Mechanical Force Used in Open Tracheotomy versus Percutaneous Tracheostomy Techniques and Fluid Dynamics of the Nasal Cavity: A Computational Airway Analysis of Nasal Cavity Variances.