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Nasal Surgery - Breath Better, Look Better - Tailored To Meet Your Goal

Originally Posted: December 20, 2010

Dr. Paul E. Kelly, M.D.

Breathing through the nose is of utmost importance with cosmetic appearance holding a close second. (entdr.com)

Southampton - The nose is not only the conduit through which airflow must pass for cleaning, humidification and warming, but also the most prominent structure of the face. Breathing through the nose is of utmost importance with cosmetic appearance holding a close second. Nasal obstruction can be second to allergy swelling inside the nose, septal crookedness inside the nose or a twisted outside nose from trauma or genetic predisposition. The inside and outside nose oftentimes are mirror reflections. Many people today are realizing through surgery both an improved ability to breathe through the nose and a nasal shape that fits their face and their dream.

I have consulted with many prospective surgical patients who explain that he/she has never ever really liked his/her nose. Now is the time, with the availability of the latest and greatest techniques, to seek nasal improvement. Patients are presenting in their 30s and 40s with an increasing inability to breathe through the nose. Complaints such as day time sleepiness, recurring sinus infections, exercise intolerance and snoring are becoming more common. Snoring is multi-factorial; being able to breathe through the nose is extremely important and oftentimes the difference between a restful night for you and your partner, and a very sore back.

Nasal surgery is likely the most difficult operation that is performed by the Facial or General Plastic Surgeon. Choosing your doctor involves due diligence on your part to ensure he or she has a good amount of training in both functional nasal surgery and in cosmetic nasal surgery. Form follows function and a crooked or asymmetric nose is crooked because of an underlying functional issue. Being able to correct a function problem will not only provide improved breathing and sleeping but will allow for definitive correction of the crooked nose.

Nasal surgery has evolved and those who are current in their understanding of the repair of nasal deformity and obstruction will ensure that the operative patient achieves life long improvement. Give yourself this very personal gift this season.


Dr. Kelly, MD is a facial plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kelley currently practices with ENT Allergy Associates. www.peconic-faces.com


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