Rhinoplasty Guidelines for Athletes

Posted By on Aug 30, 2017 in Rhinoplasty | 0 comments

Rhinoplasty, or nose job in layman’s term, is generally performed to improve the “outside” appearance of the nose, which is accomplished by reshaping the underlying bone and cartilaginous framework. Hence, the skin must be able to shrink-wrap around the new contour to show the details and improvements brought on by the surgery.


Occasionally, rhinoplasty has inadvertent but favorable effects: improved airflow. This is particularly true when the surgery is combined with septoplasty, a surgical technique in which the crooked or deviated septum (wall of tissue between the nostrils) is straightened, says leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley.


Some athletes have sought rhinoplasty combined with functional nose surgery to improve their breathing, which can have a large influence on their performance and endurance.


People with deviated septum have poor airflow, which interferes with their oxygen intake. As a result, they find it difficult to train in high-altitude environment and they cannot increase the intensity of their exercise routine without feeling wipe out.


And because of suboptimal oxygen intake, people with deviated septum also have poor quality of sleep. In fact, their heart and lungs work harder during sleep, instead of being at a more relaxed state, to compensate for the reduced oxygen level.


More often than not, athletes seeking nose-reshaping surgery ask for subtle and natural results. This is one of the most critical rhinoplasty guidelines that will influence patient satisfaction.


While the surgery involves hump reduction, the patient benefits from minimal fullness along the bridge to complement the stronger nasal tip.

For instance, some male athletes who ask for hump reduction specifically instruct their surgeons to preserve some minimal “fullness” along their bridge. Hence, the success of rhinoplasty also boils down to good patient-doctor communications.


Others seek rhinoplasty to correct the deformities that stemmed from previous trauma. Oftentimes, these patients simply want the appearance of their “original” nose.


It is important to note that the surgery’s success also relies on patient commitment and cooperation. For instance, strenuous physical activities, especially contact sports, must be avoided for at least six weeks to prevent nose bleeding, persistent swelling, and injuries that can compromise the results.


Meanwhile, the frequency of nasal trauma and the kind of sports patients are engaged to are taken into account during patient selection process. Hence, professional boxers who seek aesthetic rhinoplasty are generally considered poor candidates for the surgery.

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