When it comes to the many individual benefits of every rhinoplasty we perform at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL, did you know that potentially fixing your snoring problems could be one of them? Led by founder Dr. Roberto Garcia, double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, the goal of our specialists is to not only meet your expectations but also proactively exceed them. Together, we will assess what you hope to accomplish through rhinoplasty, and then set realistic goals on how we could achieve the most cosmetically and functionally pleasing results.
If you are considering a nose job to help stop your snoring problem, Dr. Garcia would like you to consider the answers to these five questions before moving forward with any decisions regarding rhinoplasty.
How much is snoring affecting my everyday life?
Because of the nature of snoring and how common it is, snoring is an affliction that is not always taken seriously. Not so for patients in Jacksonville, FL at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring affects nearly 90 million Americans and tends to get progressively worse as you age. While it does typically trouble more men than women, it can be a prevalent disruptor of sleep for both genders. How? Many partners of those who snore will also experience poor sleep and decreased daytime functioning as a result of sharing the same room, or bed, with those who snore. If you do not currently have a partner or someone who can alert you of your current sleeping and breathing patterns, but still feel like snoring could be the cause of your daytime drowsiness, consult with your primary care physician(PCP) about the availability of sleep studies or other ways to diagnose your ailment.
What causes snoring?
As you fall asleep, the muscles in your throat also take a break and relax. Your tongue then moves backward, and as you breathe, the walls of your throat begin to vibrate. This series of internal events cause the sound you know as snoring. And, depending on how narrow your airway becomes, can increase in volume the smaller the airways close. In extreme cases, the walls of your throat can completely collapse. This is a serious condition called apnea, and you should seek immediate medical attention if, and when, it occurs. Other contributors that may cause you to snore can range from something simple, like sleep position, to something that requires serious surgery, like a deviated septum. Always consult with your primary care physician first about the reasons why you’re undergoing any cosmetic procedure, but especially if you want to fix snoring with rhinoplasty.
How can rhinoplasty help my snoring?
In the case of snoring, and especially with more minor cases of a deviated septum, functional rhinoplasty can help your snoring issues with a simple adjustment of the nasal pathway to help you breathe easier at night. However, this is no longer considered rhinoplasty in the medical field. The procedure is often referred to as septoplasty, as the septum will be reconstructed through a series of shavings involving bone or cartilage that may be obstructing your breathing and, thus, causing disruptive snoring. The rhinoplasty will readjust the structure of the nose and airway, ultimately, helping you to breathe easier for a better night’s sleep.
If I’m considering a nose job, can I also undergo a functional rhinoplasty?
In some of the more minor cases of persistent snoring, it is even encouraged. If you’re experiencing incessant snoring problems, a minimally invasive procedure, such as rhinoplasty, often can help resolve your nose issues both medically and cosmetically. Oftentimes, insurance will even cover it if you can prove the procedure was a benefit to your health. While Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery doesn’t accept insurance, we will help you submit any necessary paperwork. The truth is, snoring disrupts everyday functioning and correcting it can only help you live an even healthier life.
How will I know if rhinoplasty can help my snoring problem?
Whether the cause of your snoring is a deviated septum, an overly large turbinate, or the result of something more obvious, like a broken nose, rhinoplasty usually can help on some level. After consulting with your PCP about the seriousness of your snoring problem, residents in the Jacksonville, FL area should schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Roberto Garcia and the professional team at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL to discuss the available nose surgery solutions that may be right for you. Sometimes, even the simplest nose job can correct your most complex snoring problems.