What is Functional Rhinoplasty?

Profile view of woman with hair in a bun touching her chinThere are many reasons that people seek out rhinoplasty surgery. In his Thousand Oaks plastic surgery practice, Dr. Costanzo finds that some potential rhinoplasty patients don’t want any change to their nasal contour at all. Instead, these patients have significant breathing problems that interfere with their life, and they are looking for functional rhinoplasty to correct them. Functional rhinoplasty is when the surgery is performed to fix a variety of medical reasons, without making aesthetic changes. While it’s true that some Thousand Oaks rhinoplasty patients choose to have both aesthetic and functional rhinoplasty performed together, this blog post will focus on many of the medical reasons that patients seek out functional rhinoplasty alone.

Straightening Out a Deviated Septum

The septum is the internal wall that divides the left and right nasal passages. In some people, the septum is bent, deviated, bowed or twisted. When these nasal abnormalities are present, one or both of the airway passages can become blocked, making it difficult for Thousand Oaks patients to breathe. Functional rhinoplasty can repair a deviated septum, making it easier for a patient to breathe and correcting the abnormality for good.

Reducing Turbinates

If you have trouble breathing due to persistent nasal allergies, it’s possible that you have enlarged nasal turbinates. Turbinates are the three mucous membrane covered “shelves” of bone that are found throughout the nasal cavity: the superior, inferior and middle nasal turbinates. While enlarged nasal turbinates can cause a host of breathing problems, reducing them is a fairly straightforward procedure, one that is often quick and fairly painless from which to recover.

Removing Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are non-cancerous, grape-like growths that can occur inside the nasal cavity, thus obstructing breathing. While these nasal polyps can be removed, they can also grow back in some patients, which is why functional rhinoplasty and aggressive allergy treatment is often indicated for nasal polyp patients.

Correcting Nasal Valve Collapse

The nasal valve is the narrowest part of the nasal passageway. With normal breathing, the nasal valve remains open. Some Thousand Oaks patients, though, develop nasal collapse with normal breathing, which is not only uncomfortable but can be harmful, too. There are a variety of procedures that plastic surgeons like Dr. Costanzo can perform to correct nasal valve collapse, and the procedure that he chooses for you all depends on your unique nasal valve collapse case.

Learning More About Functional Rhinoplasty

If you live in the Thousand Oaks area, have trouble breathing and think that functional rhinoplasty might be right for you, the best thing you can do is to talk with Dr. Costanzo directly. During a initial consultation, Dr. Costanzo will perform a full nasal examination, listen to your concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

Functional rhinoplasty is a highly unique procedure, one that must be customized to treat your specific case. To learn more about your functional rhinoplasty options, call Dr. Costanzo’s Thousand Oaks offices today at (805) 373-9919.