Functional Rhinoplasty

Enhance your nasal function and improve breathing with functional rhinoplasty, a surgical procedure that addresses structural abnormalities in the nose.

Questions About Functional Rhinoplasty

Dr. Lindsey Goyal is a facial plastic surgeon with expertise in cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty refers to surgical reconstruction of the nose.  It is also commonly referred to as a “nose job.”

Some patients may want to have rhinoplasty to change the shape or appearance of their nose.  Others may choose to undergo rhinoplasty to improve the function of their nose.  Of course, many patients with nasal breathing issues also want to refine the external appearance of the nose.  Dr. Lindsey Goyal can perform different types of rhinoplasty procedures depending on each patient’s goals. 

Our board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Lindsey Goyal has extensive experience and expertise in performing a wide range of rhinoplasty procedures.  She works to customize each patient’s procedure to best meet their functional and aesthetic needs.  Some types of rhinoplasty offered in Dr. Goyal’s practice include:

1. Cosmetic and aesthetic rhinoplasty
2. Functional rhinoplasty
3. Ethnic rhinoplasty
4. Revision rhinoplasty
5. Open structure rhinoplasty
6. Endonasal rhinoplasty

What is functional rhinoplasty?

Functional rhinoplasty refers to nasal surgery that helps improve nasal function.  Many patients with trouble breathing through one or both sides of the nose require functional rhinoplasty to improve their nasal airways. During this procedure, Dr. Goyal carefully reconstructs the inside and outside of the nose to help patients breathe more clearly.

Functional rhinoplasty can involve reconstruction of the inside and the outside of the nose.  Some patients with a severely deviated nasal septum may also require functional rhinoplasty.  Other patients may have problems in areas called the nasal valves. These are areas near the entrance of the nose that regulate nasal airflow.

Some patients undergoing functional rhinoplasty may have asymmetry on the outside of the nose.  Nasal cartilage and bone that make up the outside of the nose can also affect the size of the nasal passages.  Sometimes, nasal cartilage and bone is crooked, asymmetric, misshapen, or weak.  As a result, these issues can make it difficult to breathe through the nose.  By carefully analyzing the inside and outside of the nose, Dr. Goyal can determine if someone with nasal congestion would benefit from functional rhinoplasty. 

How is functional rhinoplasty performed?

To perform rhinoplasty, Dr. Goyal will use different types of incisions to reconstruct nasal cartilage and bone.  Sometimes, Dr. Goyal will perform the entire procedure using small incisions on the inside of the nose. This type of technique is called endonasal rhinoplasty.  For other cases, Dr. Goyal will perform the procedure through a tiny incision under the tip of the nose that hides easily. This type of procedure is called a open structure rhinoplasty. Dr. Lindsey Goyal can discuss the type of procedure best suited for each of your nasal concerns.

For which types of problems is functional rhinoplasty performed?

External nasal asymmetry: the outside of the nose can be asymmetric or crooked.  In some situations, this is related to how the nose develops over time.  For other situations, prior injury may result in changes to the outside of the nose. Functional rhinoplasty can help improve symmetry of the outside of the nose.

Nasal injuries or trauma: some patients who have a nasal injury may end up with a permanent change in the shape of their nose.  For these patients, functional rhinoplasty can help reconstruct nasal shape and appearance after a nasal injury.

Nasal valve narrowing and collapse: some patients with nasal valve problems may need rhinoplasty to help improve the size and shape of the nasal passages so that they can breathe more comfortably.

Complex nasal septal deviation: the cartilage on the inside of the nose can be curved, bent, or improperly aligned.  The cartilage of the septum connects to the cartilage on the outside of the nose.  For some situations, treatment of a deviated nasal septum can require rhinoplasty for reconstruction of the external nasal cartilage.

Prior nasal surgery: prior surgery on the inside or the outside of the nose can cause issues with nasal appearance or nasal breathing.  Rhinoplasty can help improve both types of issues.

What about cosmetic rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is surgery performed to refine the appearance of the nose.  Many patients seeking cosmetic rhinoplasty are aiming to change the shape, size, or symmetry of their nose.  Dr. Lindsey Goyal has extensive experience in both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty. In fact, Dr. Goyal will often perform cosmetic and functional procedures together.  This allows Dr. Goyal to treat all of your nasal issues at the same time.  This allows her to optimize the function of your nose while also helping you look your best. 

Request Appointment with Dr. Goyal

Dr. Lindsey Goyal is currently accepting new patients at our New York and New Jersey offices. You may contact us to schedule an appointment.

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