Snoring is more than just a nocturnal nuisance; it disrupts sleep for both the individual and their partner, leading to daytime fatigue and tension in relationships. With numerous causes behind snoring, some wonder if rhinoplasty—or a nose job—might be the answer. This blog delves into the relationship between rhinoplasty and snoring, examining if this procedure could be the key to a quieter night’s sleep.

Unpacking the Causes of Snoring

Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing vibrations and resulting in the all-too-familiar sound. While occasional snoring is usually benign, chronic snoring might signal an underlying condition. Factors influencing snoring include:

  • Mouth and Palate Shape: Anatomical features can play a significant role.
  • Narrow Airways: Those with narrower airways are more prone to snoring.
  • Nasal Issues: A deviated septum, congestion due to inflammation, or obstructions can exacerbate snoring.
  • Sleep Apnoea: Especially obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), is a serious concern associated with severe snoring.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Alcohol, sleep deprivation, and sleep position also impact snoring.

If snoring is affecting your life, consulting a healthcare professional is crucial, particularly to rule out or manage obstructive sleep apnoea.

The Role of Rhinoplasty in Treating Snoring

Rhinoplasty is tailored not only to enhance the nose’s appearance but also to correct structural issues and improve the nasal airway, thereby potentially mitigating snoring. This is often referred to as a functional rhinoplasty. Specific nasal conditions that rhinoplasty can address include:

  • Deviated Septum Correction: Aligning the nasal septum to improve airflow and reduce snoring.
  • Nasal Valve Collapse: Strengthening the nasal valves to prevent collapse and promote better air passage.
  • Turbinate Reduction: Shrinking the turbinates to decrease congestion and alleviate snoring.

Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?

Whether rhinoplasty will help your snoring depends on its underlying causes. A comprehensive assessment by an ENT specialist is essential to determine if rhinoplasty, or another intervention, is most appropriate for your situation.

Pros and Cons of Rhinoplasty for Snoring


  • Improved Airflow: Can lead to better nasal breathing and potentially less snoring.
  • Customised Approach: Tailors the procedure to address specific issues.
  • Aesthetic Benefits: Offers cosmetic improvements alongside functional ones.


  • No Guarantees: May not resolve snoring entirely due to multifactorial causes.
  • Surgical Risks: Includes typical surgical risks such as infection or adverse reactions.

Research and Alternatives

Studies, including a notable one from the National Institute of Health in 2011, highlight that while rhinoplasty can reduce snoring and daytime sleepiness, its success in treating OSA is more limited. Before considering surgery, exploring non-surgical options like lifestyle changes, CPAP devices, or oral appliances is advisable.

Other Surgical Options

Beyond rhinoplasty, there are surgical treatments for snoring, such as radio frequency soft palate reduction, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and Genioglossus Advancement (GA), each targeting different anatomical contributors to snoring. The best approach depends on a detailed evaluation of your unique circumstances.


Rhinoplasty may offer a solution for snoring caused by specific nasal conditions, combining functional improvement with cosmetic enhancement. However, a thorough evaluation and discussion of all options, including non-surgical alternatives, are paramount. If snoring is impacting your life, London ENT is here to provide tailored advice and treatment plans. Contact us to explore how we can help you achieve better sleep and enhanced nasal function.