Functional Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills, CA

Nose surgery can go beyond aesthetic enhancements, serving a functional purpose as well. Many individuals opt for functional rhinoplasty to rectify breathing issues and improve nasal function. At AM Facial Plastics in Beverly Hills, CA, we use different techniques and methods to address a range of nasal conditions and concerns. By evaluating and treating the unique structure of each nose, we can help patients achieve better nasal function and overall respiratory health.

What Is Functional Rhinoplasty?

The term “rhinoplasty” refers to a plastic surgery procedure that involves altering the internal and external structures of the nose. While it is commonly done for cosmetic reasons to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the nose, it can also serve functional purposes by improving nasal breathing. In such cases, the procedure is known as “functional rhinoplasty.” This type of nasal surgery often includes repairing the nasal valves, which are the internal passages of the nostrils. These valves may be naturally narrow, collapsed, or damaged due to previous surgeries.

What Are the Benefits of Functional Rhinoplasty? 

  • Relief from Obstructed Nasal Breathing: Functional rhinoplasty can improve airflow through the nasal passages, providing relief for those suffering from chronic nasal blockages. This treatment is designed to open up the nasal pathways and facilitate easier breathing.
  • Correction of Nasal Injury: Nose reshaping is often essential after an injury to restore the nose’s structure and function. Not only does it correct the physical appearance, but it also ensures the nasal pathways are clear and functioning correctly.
  • Rectification of Nasal Birth Defects: Undergoing nasal surgery with a rhinoplasty specialist can correct defects present from birth, improving both aesthetic aspects and nasal functionality. This procedure aims to address any internal and external nasal issues stemming from congenital conditions.
  • Repair of Acquired Deformities: Rhinoplasty is beneficial for repairing issues acquired through life, whether from accidents, disease, or previous surgeries. It restores the nose’s structure, leading to improved appearance and function.
  • Resolution of Nasal Valve Issues: Functional rhinoplasty is specifically designed to address problems in the nasal valve area, which can impact breathing. By correcting these issues, patients can experience a marked improvement in their breathing and overall nasal function.

What to Expect From Rhinoplasty Surgery and Recovery

Functional rhinoplasty can be performed using a variety of anesthesia methods, which can be tailored according to the preferences of both the patient and the surgeon. These methods include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation (often referred to as “twilight anesthesia”), and general anesthesia. To reach the bone and cartilage beneath, incisions are made strategically. The technique is called a closed rhinoplasty when these cuts are entirely concealed within the nostrils. If a minor incision is required at the nose’s base to enhance visibility, this approach is classified as an open rhinoplasty.

Based on the unique needs of the patient, additional cartilage and bone grafts may be necessary to provide better support during nose reshaping procedures. Typically, these grafts are harvested from the nasal septum during septoplasty; however, there are instances when cartilage from the ear or rib may also be used. Additional nose reshaping or grafting procedures may involve suturing the cartilage. Osteotomies, which involve intentionally breaking and realigning the nasal bones, are often performed to correct and straighten the nose structure.

After the procedure, the external part of the nose is usually taped, and sometimes an external cast is applied. Dr. Moradzadeh typically avoids using packing for enhanced comfort. The patient will have internal and external splints in place for approximately a week post-surgery, which will then be removed by the surgeon. Bruising and swelling can be expected in the initial weeks following the procedure, and patients should plan on taking a minimum of seven days off from work or school.

Frequently Asked Questions About Functional Rhinoplasty

Who Is a Good Candidate for Functional Rhinoplasty? 

Most surgeons agree that women should wait until age 16 and men until age 16-18 before undergoing functional rhinoplasty surgery to avoid disturbing the normal growth of the nose until maturity. While there is no age cut-off per se, as individuals grow older, their noses tend to change, and potential medical conditions may make surgery too risky.

How Long Does It Take for Full Rhinoplasty Results to Appear?

After undergoing nasal surgery, initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, but it can take up to a year for the full results to become visible. This timeline varies among individuals as the nose settles into its new shape and fully heals.

How Should I Prepare for Functional Rhinoplasty?

Preparing for functional rhinoplasty involves several steps: scheduling a consultation to discuss your goals, avoiding medications that can increase bleeding, and quitting smoking to enhance healing. Your surgeon will provide a detailed list of instructions based on your specific needs.

Can Functional Rhinoplasty Improve My Sense of Smell?

Rhinoplasty can improve your sense of smell if nasal blockages are corrected. However, the primary aim is to address structural issues; any improvement in olfactory function is considered an additional benefit.

How Do I Choose the Right Surgeon for My Rhinoplasty?

When choosing a surgeon for rhinoplasty surgery, consider their qualifications, experience, and specialization in nose jobs. Look for board certification, review before-and-after photos of previous patients, and read reviews to ensure they have a proven track record of delivering satisfactory results.

Is Functional Rhinoplasty Covered By Insurance? 

Typically, insurance does not extend coverage to cosmetic procedures. Nonetheless, nose surgery aimed at enhancing breathing function, rectifying significant deformities, or repairing injuries often receives partial or full coverage. Make sure to consult with your insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage for functional nose surgery under your policy.

Functional Rhinoplasty: A Path to Better Breathing and Health

Functional rhinoplasty goes beyond cosmetic enhancements, addressing breathing issues and structural irregularities with a focus on improving overall nasal function. At AM Facial Plastics in Beverly Hills, CA, our rhinoplasty specialist is equipped with the expertise and experience to guide you through this process. For more details or to schedule a consultation, reach out to us via our online form or call us at (310) 659-9900.

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