How Do I Know If I Need Functional Rhinoplasty?

Nose job surgery is one of the most popular procedures in the country. Although most people are aware that they can have the procedure to change the shape and style of their nose, many are unaware that the procedure also has a functional component.

Functional rhinoplasty, unlike cosmetic rhinoplasty, is done to treat an injury, correct a deformity or improve the function of the nose.

Another name for functional rhinoplasty is septoplasty. It is often recommended for patients suffering from medical issues or injuries that cause nasal obstruction or structural abnormalities that cause problematic breathing or other issues.

Although functional rhinoplasty is not done to improve the cosmetic appearance of the nose, in some cases, it does as an added benefit.

How Is Functional Nose Job Surgery Performed?

Functional rhinoplasty is a procedure that utilizes two different styles, depending on the purpose and type of changes necessary to improve the structure and function of the nose: open and closed.

Your rhinoplasty surgery may differ from someone else with similar issues. The techniques used vary greatly, depending on the patient’s situation and Dr. Hershcovitch’s recommendations.

Below is a general overview of how functional nose job surgery is performed.

In most cases, an incision is made into the columella (the space between the tip of the nose and the nasal base). Placing the incision here allows Dr. Hershcovitch to access the tissues, bone, and cartilage underneath so he can make the necessary corrections to reshape, repair and strengthen the nose’s structure.

Some patients do not have enough cartilage and bone in their nasal anatomy naturally. In some cases, it’s necessary to add bone and cartilage grafts from other areas of the body to reshape the nose properly.

Although the procedure is done solely for functional reasons, cosmetic enhancements can be made at the same time if it’s part of the patient’s treatment plan.

After making the changes, Dr. Hershcovitch places sutures to seal the incision and applies bandages to the nose for support and protection throughout recovery.

What Can I Expect for Functional Nose Job Surgery Recovery?

Functional rhinoplasty recovery is a lot like cosmetic nose job surgery recovery. You should expect some mild bruising, swelling, and light bleeding for several days after surgery.

Pain is common as well. Dr.Hershcovitch does provide pain management medicines and recommendations to help alleviate any discomfort during recovery.

These concerns typically go away by the end of the first week or two. Some swelling will persist in the following weeks, but as time goes on, it becomes less noticeable as the nose settles.

In most cases, functional nose job surgery patients can resume many of their normal activities within one to two weeks after their procedure. There are follow up appointments for patients to attend so Dr. Hershcovitch can remove the bandages and monitor their healing progress.

What Are the Risks of Functional Rhinoplasty?functional nose rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, whether done for cosmetic or functional purposes, comes with risks. It’s important that you understand what they are and how they may impact your outcome. In most cases, functional nose job surgeries are safe and highly effective.

Yet, complications can occur. Keep the following risks of functional rhinoplasty in mind as you manage our expectations about your situation.

  • Bleeding
  • Excess swelling
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Potential revisions

Even though these risks are rare, it’s important to discuss them with your surgeon to alleviate any concerns you may have.

What Does Functional Rhinoplasty Treat?

If you experience trouble breathing through your nose or experience persistent nasal blockages, you may benefit from functional nose job surgery. There are other conditions that may qualify you for functional rhinoplasty, including the following:

  • Pre-existing issues that impair your ability to breathe or smell
  • Birth defects
  • Trauma or injury to the nose
  • Nasal tumors or polyps
  • Infection
  • Nasal valve collapse or nasal stenosis
  • Collapsed nostrils
  • Deviated septum
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal drip
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Enlarged turbinates
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Certain allergies

How Do I Know If Functional Rhinoplasty Is Right for Me?

The only way to really know for sure if you’re a good candidate for the procedure is to see Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, MD, for a consultation. Besides performing an evaluation of your nose and nasal anatomy.

You should be prepared to discuss any symptoms, issues, and concerns you’ve been experiencing that have you pondering if functional rhinoplasty is the right solution for relief.

If you believe your symptoms may be caused by a deviated septum, collapsed nostril, or nose injury, you might be a good candidate for functional rhinoplasty.

Even if you’re interested in having aesthetic changes made to your nose, it’s possible to combine a functional rhinoplasty into your treatment plan so you can have your nose’s function and appearance corrected at the same time.

To learn more about functional rhinoplasty or nose job surgery, call (818) 614-5081.