Rhinoplasty to Alleviate Allergies

Rhinoplasty to Reduce AllergiesIt happens every spring. Flowers and plants are in full bloom, and pollen is in the air. Along with that come your stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, and sinus pain. If there happens to be a particularly high pollen count, you are even more miserable, sometimes for days or weeks on end. Or perhaps you have developed an allergy to that adorable new kitten you just adopted. Over-the-counter or prescription medications offer mild relief, but many patients would like permanent relief from allergies. Could a functional rhinoplasty (nose job) be the answer to your allergy woes? Dr. Vincent Marin specializes in cases just like yours and may be able to offer you a solution.

What Causes Allergies?

When you come in contact with the allergen (whatever it is that triggers your allergies), your sinuses and the lining of the inside of your nose swell and thicken, making it more difficult for you to breathe. This results in the stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, and sinus issues that are generally associated with an allergic reaction. Remedies such as medication or steaming the sinuses will help a little, but won’t provide any permanent relief.

Can a Functional Rhinoplasty Stop Allergic Reactions?

A functional rhinoplasty (as opposed to one that is performed for purely cosmetic reasons) will not completely prevent allergies. However, it can cut down on the severity and frequency of your allergic reactions. The best approach is to work with both your allergist and your cosmetic surgeon so that your allergies are under control before undergoing functional rhinoplasty. This will cut down on the amount of nasal swelling right after surgery, so as not to aggravate your allergies even further.

What Is Involved with Functional Rhinoplasty?

There are several different procedures that can be performed, depending on the type of problem. These may include correction of a deviated septum (the piece of cartilage separating your right and left nostrils) or removal of nasal growths, or polyps. In extreme cases, the exterior of the nose may need to be restructured and/or reinforced to increase air flow.

How Long Will My Recovery Time Be?

Rest and relaxation are very important to help you heal following surgery. There may be some bruising and swelling, but those should start to go away within a week after surgery. If you have a desk job, it is generally safe for you to return to work one week after surgery. If your job requires more physical activity and exertion, you should wait an additional two to three weeks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first month following surgery.

Will My Insurance Cover the Surgery?

If there is a proven medical problem that can be corrected by the surgery, your insurance may cover the cost. However, if you want to undergo the surgery for purely cosmetic reasons, such as to decrease the size of the nose, your insurance will consider that to be elective surgery, which typically is not covered by health insurance. This is why it is important to also consult an allergist, who can help provide the required proof of a medical need for rhinoplasty surgery.

While a functional rhinoplasty cannot completely prevent allergies, it can minimize the symptoms of allergies. Contact Marin Aesthetics in San Diego to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!