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Snoring and Rhinoplasty: Is Rhinoplasty an Effective Solution to Stop Snoring?

2023-06-29 22:10:14

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah

Although snoring is common, its impact on health and overall well-being can vary significantly. Many individuals experience the discomfort of snoring, which not only affects the person who is sleeping but also disrupts those around them. But the question is, what is the best way to stop snoring?
Due to the potential risks and negative impact of untreated snoring issue or even OSA, many individuals consider rhinoplasty as an effective solution to remove snoring and address the underlying causes of the condition.

Understanding Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job” or “nose surgery,” is a surgical procedure that goes beyond cosmetic enhancements.

It aims to create facial harmony and improve the appearance of the nose by making proportional adjustments.

Nose job provides advantages in both appearance and function, meeting the needs of individuals who desire to enhance the aesthetic appeal of their noses and those who seek to resolve medical problems resulting from structural abnormalities.

What is Snoring?

What is Snoring?

Snoring is a noisy or harsh sound that occurs while sleeping which happens when the airflow causes the tissues at the back of the throat to vibrate.

Statistically, this problem is a widespread issue experienced by many individuals. Approximately 57% of adult men and 40% of women snore while they sleep and the majority of snorers fall between the ages of 40 and 60.

Surprisingly, a quarter of those who snore do not view it as a medical condition or concern, considering snoring to be a completely normal occurrence.

Potential Causes of Snoring

Snoring can manifest through various routes, including the nose, mouth, or a combination of both. There are diverse factors that can contribute to snoring, encompassing:

Blockage in nasal airways

Nasal congestion is another prevalent cause of mouth breathing and snoring, as individuals often resort to breathing through their mouths when nasal breathing becomes difficult.

Certain individuals may experience snoring solely during allergy season or while dealing with a sinus infection.

Issues within the nasal passage, such as a deviated septum (when the partition between the nostrils is off-center) or nasal polyps, can also obstruct the airways.

Weak Muscular Strength (Muscle Tone) in the Throat and Tongue

Excessive relaxation of the muscles in the throat and tongue may occur, causing them to collapse and obstruct the airway.

When these muscles become too relaxed, their tendency to collapse increases, preventing the smooth flow of air through the airway.

This relaxation can contribute to snoring, as the damaged airway creates turbulence and vibration, resulting in the characteristic sound of snoring during sleep.

Bulky Throat Tissue

Excess weight can contribute to snoring as it leads to the accumulation of fat around the neck and throat, putting pressure on the airflow resistance during sleep.

Additionally, enlarged tonsils and adenoids in children can obstruct the airflow, leading them to snore.

Elongated Soft Palate or Uvula

When the soft palate or uvula in the back of the mouth is elongated, it can result in a construction of the passage between the nose and throat.

As you inhale and exhale, these elongated structures vibrate and collide, causing and obstruction in the airway, and eventually, disrupt the smooth flow of air during breathing.

Alcohol and Drug Consumption before Sleep

Excessive consumption of alcohol or the use of drugs and muscle relaxers can induce an excessive relaxation of the muscles in the tongue and throat.

As a result, these muscles become overly relaxed, which can further contribute to airway obstruction and intensify snoring tendencies.

Sleep Deviation (Sleep Position)

Sleeping in a supine position (on your back) can contribute to snoring by relaxing throat muscles and narrowing the airway.

Similarly, using a soft or large pillow can disrupt neck and airway alignment, potentially leading to breathing difficulties and snoring.

Sleep Deprivation

Not getting enough sleep, or poor-quality sleep, is described as sleep deprivation, or called “sleep deprivation,” “insomnia,” “sleeplessness,” or “sleep inefficiency.”

Insufficient sleep can contribute to excessive relaxation of the throat muscles, potentially leading to an increased tendency to snore.

Inadequate sleep can cause the throat muscles to relax too much, making the airway more vulnerable to partial blockage during sleep, thereby increasing the likelihood of snoring.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, is the prevailing form of sleep-related breathing disorder, characterized by irregular breathing patterns during sleep. In essence, it signifies that your breathing experiences intermittent pauses and restarts while you are asleep.

Persistent, loud snoring may indicate the presence of OSA, a condition characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep.

These interruptions lead to decreased oxygen levels in the blood and exert additional strain on the heart. Furthermore, individuals affected by OSA often experience daytime sleepiness, impairing their performance.

If left untreated, OSA can contribute to various health risks, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, workplace or motor vehicle accidents, and other potential complications.

Can Rhinoplasty Effectively Treat and Stop Snoring?

Can Rhinoplasty Effectively Treat and Stop Snoring?

Before performing nose surgery, it is essential to identify the root cause of your snoring.

If you are experiencing issues such as asthma or allergies, it is highly likely that nose surgery will not substantially contribute to resolving your breathing difficulties or removing snoring during sleep.

Nevertheless, if you encounter a structural issue in your nasal passage, opting for nasal surgery can effectively stop snoring, and greatly enhance your ability to breathe with greater ease.

During this medical intervention, the surgeon will extract a portion of the bone or cartilage to expand and unblock the air passages while rectifying the configuration of the septum.

Furthermore, if your snoring issue stems from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is important to understand that functional rhinoplasty can enable a surgeon to unblock the nasal passage and fortify the airway walls, thereby alleviating congestion and diminishing the impact of sleep apnea.

However, it is crucial to note that rhinoplasty alone does not completely eliminate sleep apnea; rather, it significantly improves the quality of life for individuals coping with the condition.

It is also important to highlight that nose job procedures are commonly performed in conjunction with a septoplasty (to correct a deviated septum) and/or a turbinectomy (to remove the inferior nasal turbinate).

These supplementary procedures greatly facilitate nasal breathing and effectively stop snoring during sleep.

 Benefits of Nasal Surgery for Snoring

 Benefits of Nasal Surgery for Snoring

At this stage, you might wonder, "Why should I undergo rhinoplasty?" The benefits of rhinoplasty to stop snoring can be examined from various perspectives:

Enhanced Nasal Breathing:

Blocked nasal airways often force individuals to rely on mouth breathing. Rhinoplasty can address structural or functional issues such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum, significantly improving breathing and overall quality of life.

Snoring Treatment and Improved Sleep Quality:

Snoring, sleep apnea, and interrupted sleep can hinder deep and restorative sleep. Functional and corrective rhinoplasty can help enhance sleep quality by promoting better airflow and reducing physical obstructions, resulting in reduced snoring and respiratory disruptions. By considering rhinoplasty, individuals can experience improved nasal breathing, better sleep quality, and a positive impact on their overall well-being.

Combination treatment:

Rhinoplasty can also be used as part of a combination treatment approach, alongside other surgical procedures or oral appliances. By integrating nose surgery with other interventions, such as palatal surgery or oral appliances, it maximizes the effectiveness of the overall treatment plan. This comprehensive approach addresses both nasal and oral factors contributing to snoring, resulting in improved outcomes and better sleep quality.

Snoring after Rhinoplasty: Is it normal?

If you recently underwent a nose job and are concerned about your snoring, it is important to understand that snoring after rhinoplasty is quite common, so you shouldn’t be much worried about that.

The reason behind this is that the inside of your nose remains swollen for a period of time following the surgery, which causes a narrowing of the nasal airways, similar to when you have a cold.

Consequently, snoring may occur during this phase. However, you can rest assured that once the swelling subsides and your nostrils return to their normal state, the snoring will naturally dissipate and stop.

What if I Still Snore after Rhinoplasty?

What if I Still Snore after Rhinoplasty?

Although snoring is a common occurrence in the weeks following rhinoplasty surgery, it typically subsides over time.

However, if you find that you continue to experience snoring after this initial recovery period, it is advisable to consult with your doctor.

This step is important to ensure proper healing and to rule out any potential issues, such as airway blockages, that may be contributing to the persistent snoring.

During your consultation, your doctor will carefully evaluate your condition and determine if there are any significant structural concerns affecting your breathing.

If a substantial issue is identified, your doctor may recommend a secondary operation to address the underlying problem.

This could involve revisional rhinoplasty or an alternative surgical approach tailored to your specific needs.

However, it is worth considering that if there is no urgent medical necessity for additional surgery, you may decide to manage the occasional snoring rather than pursuing revisional rhinoplasty.

This decision should be made in collaboration with your doctor, taking into account your individual circumstances and preferences.

In any case, it is important to maintain open communication with your doctor and keep them informed about your concerns and experiences. They will provide the guidance and support necessary to ensure the best possible outcome and address any lingering snoring issues after rhinoplasty.

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