When one thinks of a nose job or ‘rhinoplasty’, the topic of snoring doesn’t usually come to mind.
However, maybe it should. Rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose — and because snoring can be caused by how you breathe while sleeping, reshaping the nose to improve airflow might solve your snoring problem.
But does this work? In this piece, we’ll go over why people snore, and why a nose job could be your snoring solution.
Why Do I Snore?
This is an important question when considering whether or not a nose job is the right move to solve your snoring.
Snoring can have thousands of causes — some temporary, some long-term.
For example, if you’ve had a bit too much to drink, you’re more likely to snore. Alcohol relaxes the muscles in your throat, meaning it’s more likely that your airways will get obstructed and cause you to snore. Similarly, being sleep deprived can cause comparable throat relaxation and snoring; sleeping on your back also causes snoring, as gravity is weighing down on your throat.
If you snore, your first step should be making sure these issues are not causing your snoring problem.
However, there are more long-term problems that could also be causing you to snore.
Simply put, your mouth might be the wrong shape. If your soft palate is low and thick, your airway can be narrowed, a problem that can be caused by being overweight. Additionally, an elongated uvula can also disrupt your airflow and cause you to snore.
Finally, we get to the point of this article: the nose.
The nose can have a few issues that cause you to snore. First, if you’re chronically congested, your stuffed up nose might be causing breathing problems, and thus, snoring.
Furthermore, if you have a crooked partition between your nostrils, or ‘deviated septum’, you are more likely to snore.
Can a Nose Job Fix My Snoring?
In short, yes — but not always.
If your snoring is caused by one of the above, non-nose related issues, it’s more than likely that rhinoplasty will not resolve your snoring issue.
However, nose jobs can have a few non-cosmetic benefits, one of which being improved breathing.
If you have a deviated septum, rhinoplasty can help fix that issue, improving your breathing. Additionally, cartilage can be removed, which will open the airway and help you breathe.
But a deviated septum isn’t the only nasal cause of breathing problems that can be resolved with a nose job. You might have enlarged turbinates, which a nose job can also fix.
What are enlarged turbinates? Turbinates in your nose help filter and warm the air you breathe. However, they can develop internal air pockets, enlarging them and making it difficult for you to breathe. Rhinoplasty can reduce their size and improve your breathing, thus helping your snoring.
You might also have nasal polyps. Polyps are benign growths of tissue that can develop inside the sinuses or nasal cavity, causing numerous issues like a stuffy nose and loss of smell. While smaller polyps may be treated with medication, larger polyps can be remedied with rhinoplasty — helping you breathe and making you less likely to snore.
Will I Still Snore After Rhinoplasty?
Even if your rhinoplasty resolves these issues, it’s possible you will continue to snore.
In fact, in the time immediately following your rhinoplasty, you’ll be more likely to snore. Why? Well, your nose is swollen, which restricts airflow and can cause you to snore.
However, this is temporary and should only last a few weeks. If your snoring continues after this, you should check with a doctor, as there may be another issue causing you to snore, such as complications with the procedure or one of the other problems outlined above.
Who Should I Talk To To Find Out if Rhinoplasty Will Solve My Snoring?
An ENT should be able to tell you if there are any of the issues with your nose outlined above. From there, a surgeon should be able to tell you which of these issues are resolvable and the process for doing it.
Snoring is an incredibly common problem — thankfully, the solution might be found in a common rhinoplasty procedure.