Rhinoplasty: Taking Care of Breathing As Well


One of the most gratifying procedures for patients is to repair their breathing and improve their breathing when compromised as well as improve the aesthetics of the nose when we perform rhinoplasty.

Having performed cosmetic rhinoplasty for over 30 years on thousands of patients, I recognise that some of my most satisfied rhinoplasty patients are those who not only look better but who also have improved breathing after surgery. Before rhinoplasty if the patient presents with a breathing problem I perform objective testing of MIF (maximum inspiratory flow). An internal examination is performed but is limited so a CAT scan is often done to delineate what internal structures are swollen or distorted.

During the cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure the septum or the turbinate can be operated on to enlarge the airways and improve the breathing. There are, however, many causes of breathing obstruction including allergies or conditions which cause the lining (mucosa of the nose) to swell. We all know that we have a blocked nose when we have a cold. Referral to an otolaryngologist or allergist is sometimes indicated to check out these problems if they exist.

Rhinoplasty and internal breathing repair is corrected together as an outpatient at the Double Bay Day Surgery, a fully licensed surgical facility. Medicare numbers apply and rebated from Meicare are possible as well as from private healthcare insurance. It is imperative the patients have a referral from their local GP so that these benefits can be applied to them

For more information on rhinoplasty or to book a consult please contact us at [email protected] or call our receptionist Marija at (02) 9362 7400

About Dr Darryl Hodgkinson

Dr. Darryl J. Hodgkinson is recognized world-wide as an expert in aesthetic plastic surgery with more than thirty years of experience in both aesthetic and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson did his plastic surgical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States and is amongst an elite group of a very few surgeons to hold two degrees in plastic surgery from American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.

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