3 Common Questions About Rhinoplasty and Snoring

Rhinoplasty can change the way that air moves through your nose, so if you are thinking about having a nose job, you might be wondering what effect it could have on your snoring.

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Can Rhinoplasty Stop Snoring? Rhinoplasty surgery can often help with snoring, but the results will depend on the reasons why you snore. If the snoring is caused by a structural problem in your nose that can be corrected surgically, it is usually possible to use rhinoplasty to eliminate your snoring. You might need to have some cartilage removed to open up the airway or to have the septum straightened so that you breathe more easily. The surgery can even help to treat sleep apnoea by strengthening the airways so that they won’t collapse and block your breathing while you are asleep. However, if your snoring is linked to a problem such as asthma, allergies or being overweight, rhinoplasty won’t always be able to help. Even if surgery can reduce your snoring by addressing any structural issues, you could still snore for other reasons. Your surgeon will be able to tell you whether rhinoplasty is likely to help with your snoring during the consultation.

Is Snoring Normal After Rhinoplasty? Snoring is very normal after rhinoplasty, so you shouldn’t worry too much about it. The inside of your nose will still be swollen for a while, which makes your airways narrower, a bit like when you have a cold. The snoring happens as a result of this, so it should go away once your nostrils have recovered and the swelling has gone down.

What If Snoring Doesn’t Go Away After Rhinoplasty? Although snoring is common in the weeks after surgery, it usually goes away. If you continue to snore after this, you should talk to your doctor. It is best to check that you are healing properly and that there aren’t any problems such as blockages in your airways. Your doctor may recommend having another operation if there is a serious structural issue that is affecting your breathing. However, if there is no medical need to operate again you may decide that you can live with the snoring rather than having revisional rhinoplasty.