I’ve had difficulty breathing for a long time (I don’t believe this is allergy-related) and heard about functional rhinoplasties. Is it something that you perform and is it something that you believe you improve my breathing?
Thank you in advance for your reply!
Functional Rhinoplasty refers to a rhinoplasty that is directed towards changing the structure and shape of the nose in order to make you breath better, not necessarily look better. In functional rhinoplasty, the septum and turbinates and nasal bones and middle vault is addressed but the tip is not usually modified. Functional rhinoplasty is usually reserved for older men who may not truly care about the look of the nose but only want to breath better.
With that said, in the hands of a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, any rhinoplasty may be and should be functional as well if necessary. For example, if I see a petite beautiful 19 year old girl who wants to have a prettier nose and a cuter tip but she also has a deviated septum then the surgery I would do on her is cosmetic rhinoplasty but also functional rhinoplasty. However, if a 70 year old male goes to a general ENT surgeon, most likely he will get a functional rhinoplasty without any cosmetic work.
I cannot tell you what type of surgery will work on you without seeing you and examining you. If you would like to come in for a consult to either my Northern Virginia office or the Chevy Chase Maryland office, please call 703-481-0002 or 301-222-2020.