What Is Functional Rhinoplasty?
Functional rhinoplasty is any nose surgery that is performed to improve nasal functions. It helps alleviate breathing problems caused by nasal irregularities, such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or asymmetrical nasal structures. These issues can be present at birth or may develop later in life due to injury, lifestyle choices, or other surgeries.
External enhancement is the main goal with cosmetic nose jobs. But with functional surgery, the goal is to eliminate airway obstructions by modifying the nasal framework. Some functional adjustments can result in aesthetic improvements, but the overall objective is to improve the patient’s health and quality of life.
Reasons To Undergo Functional Rhinoplasty
Mild to severe breathing problems caused by congenital or accidental nasal abnormalities can have a significant impact on a patient’s health. Such issues can produce chronic side effects such as nasal congestion, dry mouth, nosebleeds, sleep apnea, facial pressure, and even a reduced sense of smell. Functional rhinoplasty offers a long-lasting solution to a wide variety of nasal problems, which may be one or more of the following:
- Deviated septum
- Crooked or broken nose
- Enlarged turbinates
- Nasal polyps
- Weakened nasal valve
- Bony irregularities
What Are The Benefits Of Functional Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Rhinoplasty operates under the “form follows function” principle, which states that the shape of any structure should be dictated by its intended function. Therefore, functional improvement often comes with positive external changes, as a straight and proportional nose is usually synonymous with normal nasal functionality.
Dr. Jacob Sedgh is a highly accomplished, double-board certified doctor known for his exemplary work in cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty. As a proponent of combining beauty with functionality, he delivers individualized treatments that yield natural-looking results with optimum structural and aesthetic improvements. Under his care, patients can expect the following benefits:
- Straighter, more proportional nose
- Improved respiration
- Reduction of chronic symptoms caused by nasal problems
- Other aesthetic enhancements
Due to the intricate nature of functional rhinoplasty, it is important to choose a surgeon who understands the complexities involved, as well as the importance of a proper diagnosis. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sedgh will perform a thorough evaluation of both the internal and external structures of your nose to correctly determine the underlying issues that are causing your respiration problems. A functional rhinoplasty consultation usually involves the following:
- Interview to discuss current respiratory problems, medical history, and past surgeries
- Complete physical examination of the area
- Rhinoscopy and other diagnostic tests
- Discussion on findings and diagnosis
- Explanation of proposed surgical plan
If you cannot come in for a consultation, Dr. Sedgh can conduct your preoperative meetings via video conferencing. Should you decide to undergo the surgery under his care, the doctor’s office also offers comprehensive concierge services to assist you in making the necessary travel arrangements.
Functional Rhinoplasty Recovery
Functional rhinoplasty covers a wide range of surgical procedures with increasing complexity. The length of the recovery period will largely depend on the intricacy of the surgery, and whether it was performed as a primary or secondary procedure.
Patients can expect certain postoperative side effects such as swelling, bruising, congestion, and some discomfort or pain. These will gradually subside as you heal, and can be managed effectively through proper medication and aftercare.
In most cases, most patients will look “socially presentable” in two weeks, but can return to their daily activities in as little as a week.
Dr. Sedgh strongly believes in being closely involved in the recovery of his patients, which is why he will make it a point to personally monitor your progress from the first postoperative day up to a year (or more) after the surgery.
Comfort & Transparency From Start To Finish
When under the care of Dr. Sedgh, you will feel comfortable, cared for, and you will understand every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. His approach to facial enhancement is to achieve a refreshed, natural look – with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.