Solve Sleep Apnea and Repair Nose Injury with Rhinoplasty
Initially viewed as an elective cosmetic surgical procedure to help improve a patient’s appearance, rhinoplasty may now help extend a patient’s life. Many studies have shown that individuals who suffer from sleep apnea are almost 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or die than those that do not have sleep apnea. Most commonly described as pauses during breathing while asleep, sleep apnea may be caused by malformed nasal passages. Plastic surgeons can help to reverse or eliminate breathing pauses and help patients get better rest and life longer.
Board-certified plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty on a wide range of patients. Not just for celebrities or those that want to change their appearance, more men and women are choosing this procedure each year. One of the most common reasons for nasal plastic surgery is a history of deformation due to trauma. Often, the cartilage doesn’t line up correctly and the nose tissue may heal in an awkward manner. Plastic surgeons can help to correct this problem even months or years after the initial accident.
Patients that are wondering if this type of procedure is right for their needs are reminded that recovery typically takes seven to ten days. Complete healing may occur as early as six weeks after surgery. Many patients have found that insurance will cover rhinoplasty for functional reasons associated with treating sleep apnea. Patients are encouraged to check with their individual insurance companies to determine coverage. Contact Dr. Heil today 724-264-3608 to schedule a consultation.