Getting a nose job isn’t always about improving appearances. In many cases, it’s about correcting a birth defect, sports injury, or another problem that affects your breathing. If you’re unable to use your nose to full functionality, rhinoplasty (more commonly known as a nose job) might be medically necessary. The procedure reshapes bones, cartilages, and tissues in your nose, and is one of the most common types of plastic surgery.
Though most people think nose jobs are purely cosmetic, Stein Plastic Surgery understands the importance of skillfully rebuilding or repairing a nose to address medical concerns. Altering the internal structure of the nose can improve its external appearance and, more importantly, its function.
Nasal obstruction is a common condition with many associated causes. Nasal valve compromise may result from previous surgery, trauma, aging, or the unique nasal anatomy of the patient. This can be repaired using one of three methods: septoplasty, turbinoplasty, or septorhinoplasty (nasal valve correction).
Rhinoplasty can also benefit patients with sleep disorders or other breathing difficulties. Patients with sleep apnea can experience easier, less obstructed breathing after surgery. The procedure will not cure your apnea entirely, but it will alleviate the nasal obstruction.
One of the most common birth defects that rhinoplasty can correct is the cleft lip or cleft palate. Patients, usually children, have difficulty eating and getting necessary nutrition. While a nose job is a difficult and highly skilled procedure, correcting this defect is usually fairly simple.
Injuries to the Nose Area
Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape, or proportions of your nose. Patients with broken noses or broken bones around the eye sockets (orbital bones) can benefit from this corrective procedure. Burns can cause facial deformation, which will need to be fixed surgically. And severe nasal inflammation, as a result of chronic allergies, can prevent breathing properly through the nose.
Septoplasty, or functional rhinoplasty, straighten the septum. Your septum is the wall between your nasal passages. A deviated septum can make it more difficult to breathe through the nose. Often combined with a rhinoplasty to enhance the outward aesthetics, a septoplasty can also correct other nasal airway problems.
Functional Rhinoplasty at Stein Plastic Surgery
Because of your nose’s shape and your ability to breathe are interrelated, rhinoplasty can significantly improve breathing through the nose while also addressing your aesthetic concerns. Stein Plastic Surgery can help determine if this procedure is right for you. It’s important to thoroughly understand the risks, implications, and limitations of the surgery.
During your consultation, Dr. Stein takes the time to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have. After discussing your goals and completing an evaluation of your facial structure, he will customize a solution that suits your specific anatomy.
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