Will a rhinoplasty affect my breathing?

While some people opt for nose reshaping surgery because their airway is obstructed, there are others who seek purely cosmetic improvements – and their concern is that surgery could in fact introduce new breathing problems. A rhinoplasty performed correctly should not create an obstruction; indeed, form and function go hand in hand, neither to the detriment of the other. A well constructed, well balanced, straight nose should also function effectively.

Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure

Because of the intricate anatomy of the nose, and its physiological function, rhinoplasty is one of the most complex forms of cosmetic surgery. Finding the right surgeon with the specific training and relevant experience is therefore of paramount importance. Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad has a specialism in cleft lip and palate and rhinoplasty surgery and has performed the full range of nose reshaping procedures many times with a high patient satisfaction rate; he produces results that are both visually appealing and structurally sound.

Will I notice any differences?

During your Cambridge rhinoplasty consultation, Mr Ahmad will describe the procedure in full, explaining how the nose’s functionality will be protected as well as detailing the potential risks and side effects. Mr Ahmad encourages his rhinoplasty candidates to ask questions and have their concerns addressed. He will also give you a clear idea of what to expect in the immediate aftermath of the procedure. Initially, you may experience difficulty in breathing through the nose because the nasal lining is swollen and the nasal passages are blocked by dry blood. This nasal congestion can be uncomfortable and require the patient to breathe through the mouth for the first week or so, but should clear as the swelling goes down. Applying ice packs to the cheek areas can help speed this process up.

Mr Tariq Ahmad in Cambridge News

Following on from a recent appearance on BBC Cambridge Radio discussing cleft lip and palate treatment, Mr Tariq Ahmad was interviewed by Cambridge News on his experience as a cleft palate surgeon in Cambridge.

Mr Tariq Ahmad has a busy private cosmetic surgery practice where he performs the full range of cosmetic surgery procedures, from tummy tucks to facelifts. Although patients may be distressed by the presence of sagging skin and excess fat on the abdomen or the arrival of facial lines and wrinkles, these procedures are elective and done purely to enhance the physical appearance.

By contrast, much of the work that Mr Tariq Ahmad performs at Addenbrooke's NHS hospital in Cambridge is reconstructive work that is necessary for the patient to live a 'normal' life. This is particularly true of cleft lip and palate surgery which is why Mr Tariq Ahmad described such work to Cambridge News as 'rewarding' and an 'absolute privilege'.

In the past, most plastic surgeons performed a certain amount of cleft work as part of their NHS commitments, but now the trend is to have a few plastic surgeons at dedicated centres around the country perform all cleft surgery. This is to ensure that the highest degree of expertise and experience is concentrated for the patients' benefit.

Addenbrooke's is the only centre in the East of England performing these procedures, between 80 to 100 patients a year, and Mr Tariq Ahmad is only one of three surgeons who carry out the operations.

A further change that has benefited cleft patients is that multi-disciplinary teams have been brought together to oversee every aspect of the patient's care and treatment. As Mr Ahmad explained to Cambridge News: "Most of our children we can get to have a normal life. It's not that we want them to be disadvantaged, we want them to have good teeth, good appearance, good speech, good hearing and good growth.”

"We like that all to be sorted out before they go to school. On the lip there will be a scar but we try and make it so the profile and contours on the nose are as normal or as close as possible. Any child with a cleft should expect a reasonable and normal existence."