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Rhinoplasty for Medical Reasons: 5 Stars Who’ve Had it

When it comes to A-list plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures performed. Think about it: almost everyone in Hollywood has had a little nose shaped nip and tuck. What many people do not realize, however, is that rhinoplasty surgery isn’t just for cosmetic enhancement.

There are various reasons why someone would undergo rhinoplasty surgery other than for improving the appearance of the nose. Whether you’ve suffered from an injury, or are correcting a nasal birth defect – both of which can impede nasal airflow – rhinoplasty surgery can also be performed to improve breathing difficulties.

While the majority of celebrity nose jobs are aimed at altering the nose to better shape the face, there are some celebrities who’ve undergone nose surgery to correct breathing complications. Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up these celebs in our list below.

1. Jennifer Aniston

The Friends leading lady had to undergo two septoplasties, once in 1994 and again in 2007 to improve breathing due to a deviated septum. This procedure, along with correcting this nasal birth defect, also changed the outer shape of her nose.

2. Ashley Tisdale

In 2007, Ashley Tisdale, star of High School Musical, underwent rhinoplasty surgery to correct a deviated septum, which caused significant breathing issues. In an interview that proceeded her surgery, she said “The older I got, the worse it got. I went to get it checked out, and the doctor told me the septum was 80 percent deviated and that I had two small fractures on my nose.”

3. Karina Smirnoff

Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff recently had rhinoplasty surgery to correct a deviated septum and damage from having previously suffered from a broken nose. In an interview with Extra, Karina said, “I feel great! It’s the best thing I have ever done. It kind of still looks a little bit like me, but the better, upgraded version.”

4. Josh Hutcherson

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson underwent nose surgery to correct a deviated septum, which was a result of a nasal birth defect. “I was 90 percent blocked in my right nostril,” said Hutcherson after recovering from his rhinoplasty surgery.

5. Cameron Diaz

In 2007, Cameron Diaz underwent nose surgery to repair nasal asymmetry, as breathing problems were becoming a major issue for her. It has been reported that her nasal asymmetry worsened due to having broken her nose four times.

Rhinoplasty to Improve Breathing

Many patients who come to The Plastic Surgery Clinic for rhinoplasty have difficulty breathing through the nose due to a deviated septum, a condition in which the nasal septum – the section of bone and cartilage that divides the nasal cavity in half – is crooked or overly asymmetrical. This imbalance can obstruct breathing in one or both of the nasal passageways.

While an irregular septum is a common cause of breathing difficulties, irregularities in other areas of the nose like the internal and external nasal valves and the turbinates can similarly affect nasal airflow. Regardless of the structural problem you may be facing, it can be treated with surgery.

During cosmetic rhinoplasty, structural causes of airway obstruction can be corrected, all while improvements are made to the size and shape of the nose (if desired). Structural corrections can include septoplasty or septal reconstruction, turbinate reduction, or adding your own cartilage borrowed from within your nose to strengthen internal or external nasal valves.

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we perform approximately 75 to 100 rhinoplasty procedures per year, making Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Lista some of the most experienced cosmetic surgeons in Toronto and throughout Canada. Our main objective is to help you to achieve your goals while ensuring the highest standards of patient care and safety. For more information, please contact us by phone or e-mail or by filling out the Request for Information form below.

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