Functional rhinoplasty is one form of nasal surgery that is often considered medically necessary; as opposed to cosmetic surgery, which is most often performed by a patient’s choice. However, the procedural difference between cosmetic rhinoplasty and functional rhinoplasty is slight. A cosmetic surgeon always strives to achieve a balance between the nose’s appearance as well as how it functions, i.e. ensure that the nasal passages for breathing are open and clear.

Medical Side Effects of Nasal Obstruction

Many patients seek medical advice because they would like both—a desirable appearance as well as a way to reduce obstructions in the nasal passages. Patients who suffer from chronic nasal congestion, are prone to mouth breathing, and show other symptoms such as dry mouth and a limited ability to detect smells. Over the long term, nasal obstruction can have more serious side effects.

Some of these include:

  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Functional rhinoplasty is the typically recommended form of treatment for nasal obstruction. There may be occasions where functional rhinoplasty can be done simply, without changing the structure of the nose, such as the removal of polyps or redirecting a deviated septum.

Cosmetic Results from Functional Rhinoplasty

The overall objective for pursuing one form of surgery over the other depends on the patient’s medical need as well as personal preference. Our team of Newport Beach plastic surgeons at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery strive to ensure that our patients are pleased with the cosmetic results as much as possible, particularly for functional nose surgery.

Are you considering rhinoplasty? If you would like to an evaluation to see if you are a good candidate, please give us a call today: (949) 565-2121.