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. A lot of patients may be looking to improve their nasal breathing while also wanting to refine the external appearance of the nose. Different types of rhinoplasty procedures can be performed depending on each patient’s goals .
Dr. Lindsey Goyal has extensive experience and expertise in performing a wide range of rhinoplasty procedures. Dr. Goyal 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 a person’s nasal function. Many patients choosing to have functional rhinoplasty have trouble breathing through one or both sides of the nose. During functional rhinoplasty, 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 need to have 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 having functional rhinoplasty may have asymmetry on the outside of the nose. Cartilage and bone of the outside of the nose can affect the size of the nasal passages. Nasal cartilage and bone can be crooked, asymmetric, misshapen, or weak. 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. Dr. Lindsey Goyal has extensive experience in performing cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty.
How is functional rhinoplasty performed?
To perform rhinoplasty, your surgeon will use different types of incisions to reconstruct nasal cartilage and bone. Sometimes, the entire procedure can be performed using small incisions on the inside of the nose. This type of technique is called endonasal rhinoplasty. For other cases, functional rhinoplasty needs to be performed through a small incision under the tip of the nose. This type of incision hides easily under the nostril. This type of technique is called open structure rhinoplasty. Your surgeon 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, this can be related to a prior injury. 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. 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.
Compex 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. Goyal has experience in both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty. In fact, cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty are often performed 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.