Are You Having Trouble Breathing After Rhinoplasty Surgery? VivAer® Can Help

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Rhinoplasty surgery can bring about remarkable changes in the appearance and function of your nose. However, patients should know that, like any surgery, some complications are possible. If you have a stuffy or blocked nose that does not resolve during rhinoplasty recovery, an innovative treatment like VivAer may provide relief.

Breathing issues can lead to complications like chronic sinus infections when left untreated. Below, Dr. Raj TerKonda explores several reasons why people have a stuffy nose after rhinoplasty and how VivAer works. Call Cherry Creek Face and Skin to book an appointment and discuss VivAer. Our Denver, CO professionals can help restore your breathing and quality of life.

What causes a stuffy nose after rhinoplasty?

Though rhinoplasty is a largely successful procedure, it is possible for patients to have breathing problems after surgery. Here are some common causes:

  • Swelling: Swelling is a normal part of rhinoplasty recovery but can lead to prolonged nasal congestion.
  • Changes in nasal structure: Rhinoplasty involves altering the underlying tissues to achieve the desired outcomes. This may result in a narrowing of the nasal passages.
  • Scar tissue: Scar tissue formation inside the nasal passages can contribute to blockage.
  • Poor healing: Swelling and blockage can persist if the recovery process is impaired at any point in time.

What are the signs of chronic nasal congestion after rhinoplasty?

It can be hard to know the difference between temporary side effects after rhinoplasty surgery and long-term issues that are unlikely to resolve on their own. Call Dr. TerKonda if you experience the following in Denver, CO:

  • Long-term blockage: This includes any stuffiness that persists for weeks or months after your expected rhinoplasty recovery timeline.
  • Chronic sinus infections: A buildup of mucus in the nasal passages and sinuses can lead to frequent infections.
  • Reduced sense of smell: A blocked nose can interfere with your sense of smell or taste over time.
  • Crusting or discharge: Crusting or persistent drainage from the nose can indicate the presence of tissue inflammation or infection.

What is VivAer?

VivAer is an innovative treatment available for rhinoplasty patients who have trouble breathing after undergoing surgery. This state-of-the-art treatment at Cherry Creek Face and Skin involves applying radiofrequency (RF) energy to the nasal airways. Local anesthesia is used to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Patients return to daily activities on the same day and find that they can breathe better almost right away.

Who is a candidate for VivAer?

Dr. TerKonda can perform an evaluation and determine if VivAer is right for your needs. We review your medical history, current medications, and the root cause of the obstruction. Though VivAer is considered a noninvasive procedure, it is not recommended for everyone. Inform our professionals if you have signs of a sinus infection, as this will need to be addressed before starting treatment. Our goal is to provide the best outcomes for each patient, no matter the circumstances.

Breathe better with VivAer

VivAer is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for people who are unable to resolve their breathing issues alone. If you experience prolonged nasal obstruction or a blocked nose after rhinoplasty surgery, call Cherry Creek Face and Skin and speak with Dr. Raj TerKonda about VivAer treatment in Denver, CO. We look forward to offering a long-term solution to your breathing problems.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.