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Can Rhinoplasty Reduce Snoring?

Can Rhinoplasty Reduce Snoring?

It is estimated that more than 40% of Canadians report that they snore regularly. That is a lot of nighttime noise! Snoring occurs when the muscles in the roof of your mouth and your throat relax as you sleep, your tongue falls backwards, and the walls of your throat begin to vibrate as air flows through. Habitual snoring can lead to daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, mood fluctuations, and even an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart conditions, and stroke.

Why Are You Snoring?

Sometimes just a simple change in your sleep positions can alleviate snoring, but sometimes certain medical devices or surgery may be required. To answer the question, “Can rhinoplasty reduce snoring?”, we first need to understand what is causing your snoring.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring can be caused by sleep position, sleep deprivation, weight, allergies and colds, alcohol consumption, and the anatomy of your mouth, throat, and sinuses. If you sleep alone, you may not even be aware you snore. Severe snoring can indicate sleep apnea, a condition where breathing repeatedly starts and stops.

A common anatomical anomaly that can contribute to snoring is a deviated septum. The nasal septum is the thin wall of bone and cartilage that separates your right and left nasal cavities. If it is crooked or displaced to one side of your nose it is considered deviated. This can reduce airflow and make breathing more difficult, and can cause snoring.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a nasal surgery that alters the appearance and proportion of the nose. Rhinoplasty can refine nose width, bumps and depressions, the nose bridge, and the nose tip size and shape. It can also correct structural abnormalities, such as a deviated septum, that cause impaired breathing.

So… Can Rhinoplasty Reduce My Snoring?

Rhinoplasty will adjust the structures of your nose, opening your airways, and helping you breathe easier. If the cause of your snoring is an anatomical abnormality such as a deviated septum, this nasal surgery can help alleviate your snoring.

If your snoring is due to any other factors such as weight or allergies, rhinoplasty may not be the best treatment solution for you.

Experience The Benefits of Nasal Surgery In Kelowna

Rhinoplasty can alter the size, shape, and profile of your nose to achieve a more harmonious appearance and proportion to your face. This nasal surgery can also correct impaired breathing by refining the underlying structures of your nose. If an abnormality such as a deviated septum is the root cause of your snoring, rhinoplasty can help open your airways and give you a more restful sleep.

If you are interested in discussing your options to address the cosmetic or structural concerns you have with your nose, contact our clinic in downtown Kelowna by calling 1-250-868-9099 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Peterson and the team at Peterson MD are Kelowna’s choice for cosmetic rejuvenation and medical nasal surgery. The team at Peterson Surgery are committed to patient education and providing surgical and non-surgical treatments to help patients look and feel their very best.


Q: Does rhinoplasty require general anaesthetic?
A: This nasal surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day surgery. You will require someone to drive you home and assist in your care immediately after surgery.

Q: Where are the incisions made for rhinoplasty?
A: The incisions for rhinoplasty are either hidden inside the nose or made across the columella, the narrow strip of soft tissue that separates the nostrils. Sometimes additional incisions are made in the natural creases of the nostrils to refine their size.

Q: How long is the recovery after rhinoplasty?
A: You will experience bruising and swelling after surgery, and will have packing materials and splints for several days. Most patients can resume normal activities after about a week once they are cleared by their plastic surgeon. Most bruising and swelling will subside after a few weeks, but it can take up to one year to see the optimal results of your nasal surgery.

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