What Is Functional Rhinoplasty?
Functional rhinoplasty consists of nose surgeries that are performed for medical reasons. Unlike cosmetic nose surgery, functional rhinoplasty seeks to correct structural issues that cause breathing problems. With this procedure, the nasal structures are adjusted in order to restore proper airflow. Due to the delicate nature of functional rhinoplasty, it's important for patients to seek out an experienced plastic surgeon when considering this procedure. The Rhinoplasty Society is a professional organization that seeks to educate patients on nasal surgery. To learn more about the benefits of functional rhinoplasty, please contact a nasal specialist near you.
Who Needs Functional Rhinoplasty?
You may wish to consider functional rhinoplasty if structural issues make it difficult to breathe properly. Common reasons for this procedure include a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, nasal polyps, nasal trauma, and deformity. Candidates for functional rhinoplasty are in good general health and have realistic expectations regarding their results.
What to Expect During Functional Rhinoplasty
The surgical method used will depend on the issue being addressed. The most common types of functional rhinoplasty are septoplasty, turbinate reduction surgery, nasal valve repair, and nasal fracture repair. Patients will be placed under general anesthesia for all of these procedures. The ultimate goal of functional rhinoplasty is to create more space for proper airflow. This can either be done by removing tissue inside the nasal cavity or by repositioning the cartilage into proper alignment. Sometimes the nasal bones will need to be reshaped and adjusted as well.
Improve Your Nasal Function
Patients routinely seek functional rhinoplasty for all kinds of reasons, whether it's due to chronic inflammation, a natural misalignment of the nasal passages, or a traumatic injury. During a consultation with a rhinoplasty surgeon, more information will be provided about the improvements that can be made. The Rhinoplasty Society is dedicated to connecting patients with experienced specialists based on their goals.
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Functional Rhinoplasty FAQs
How much does functional rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose reshaping surgery varies based on what technique is used and the complexity of the procedure. Before estimating costs, Dr. Weintraub will listen to your needs and goals to help create your custom treatment plan. When this is done, he can discuss costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. For your best results, it's better to focus on selecting an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Weintraub, instead of the lowest cost. To help make your surgery easy to afford, The Rhinoplasty Society accepts several payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance, functional rhinoplasty that is medically necessary to improve your breathing may be covered. If you are considering applying for reimbursement from your insurance, please tell Dr. Weintraub in your consultation. Our office will help you submit the needed information and paperwork to your insurance to properly process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to help my nose?
To smooth the appearance of lumps and bumps on your nose, a hyaluronic acid-based wrinkle filler (like Juvéderm or Restylane) may be an option. However, functional nose surgery is better for long-lasting results, larger changes, and to improve the internal structure of the nose for better function. During your consultation, Dr. Weintraub will let you know if you may be a candidate for nonsurgical nose reshaping.