Health & Fitness

Dr. Dean Toriumi: A “Nose Job” Isn’t Only for Cosmetic Benefits…

Imagine being able to look at yourself in the mirror and completely like what you see. Your nostrils no longer look too large for your face, and their shape no longer makes you feel like an outcast or pariah. Fortunately, with rhinoplasty, your dream look no longer has to remain a figment of your imagination: It can become your reality, according to facial plastic surgery world leader Dr. Dean Toriumi. More than that, it can help you to become a healthier you on top of a more beautiful you.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nose surgery was among the five most common cosmetic procedures performed in 2016. More than 223,000 patients underwent nose reshaping for both aesthetic and health reasons, a jump of two percent from 2015. So, if you are interested in rhinoplasty, you are in good company. Here are some of the major long-term health benefits you can experience from undergoing rhinoplasty.

Structural Defects

One of the most common reasons to choose rhinoplasty is because a patient is experiencing obstructive breathing symptoms associated with the shape of his or her nose. These symptoms may stem from the enlargement of turbinates — structures located in the nasal cavity that help with humidifying the air you inhale. You may also have these symptoms as a result of a deviated septum.

Fortunately, with procedures such as turbinate reduction and/or nasal septoplasty, a surgeon can easily correct the structural defects that impair your breathing, opening up your nasal cavity. Following surgery, you will no longer feel as though your nose is constantly blocked. These procedures might even boost your exercise tolerance and your ability to “enter dreamland” each night.


If you have trouble with snoring, rhinoplasty may become your new best friend. More than 20 percent of couples end up sleeping in different rooms because one of them cannot get over his or her snoring. In fact, it is the third-most common reason for getting a divorce.

However, rhinoplasty might help to reduce or stop snoring, thus making it more comfortable for couples to sleep together. So, no need for those divorce papers just yet: A little nose surgery just may breathe new life into your marriage.

Sinus Issues

If breathing is laborious due to sinus issues, rhinoplasty can easily be combined with sinus surgery to address chronic sinusitis and breathing issues. With sinusitis, you suffer from inflamed sinuses as a result of an infection. This problem can generate mucus, which ends up draining into your nose and then blocks your sinuses, ultimately causing pain and swelling. A skilled nose surgeon can help to eradicate these sinus issues so that you can finally breathe easier.

Injury-Related Deformities

Perhaps your nose has been broken and you have never gotten it fixed. Now may be the perfect time to treat yourself to a properly shaped and correctly functioning nose that allows for normal breathing.

The nose is one of the most common facial bones to be broken. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can improve nasal deformities resulting from a fight, sports, an accident, or even a fall.

With help from the right nose surgeon, you can be well on your way to a more aesthetically pleasing and healthier nose — and thus a happier you in 2018.