The nose is a key feature in your facial aesthetics, but more importantly, it is vital for proper breathing and health. When the nose shape interferes with breathing and sinus function, rhinoplasty can be performed to improve nose performance. While rhinoplasty is often considered a cosmetic procedure, a functional rhinoplasty is performed specifically to address breathing and sinus problems. Dr. Gary Linkov offers functional rhinoplasty for his patients who have nasal breathing issues at City Facial Plastics in NYC.
Types of Functional Nose Problems
Functional rhinoplasty is performed to resolve issues inside the nose that are interfering with breathing and sinus health. This procedure does not reshape the outer nose. Instead, it reshapes the interior components. Some of the nasal problems that can be corrected through functional rhinoplasty include:
- Deviated septum
- Nasal valve collapse
- Nasal polyps
- Turbinate hypertrophy (enlarged turbinates)
Reshaping the cartilage or removing blockages during a functional rhinoplasty helps improve breathing and reduce snoring. It also improves sinus drainage and helps to minimize the chance of sinus infections.
Combining Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty
While functional rhinoplasty does not alter the outer shape of the nose, it can be combined with a cosmetic nose job. Since nose surgery is already in progress, making alterations to the nose appearance does not require as much time or separate surgeries. Many people take the opportunity to fix both functional issues and nose shape preferences in one procedure.
If you are experiencing breathing or sinus problems due to restricted nasal passages, functional rhinoplasty may be right for you. Dr. Gary Linkov is a talented facial plastic surgeon who offers both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty. Contact our office in Manhattan to schedule a consultation. Ask about the option of combining nose reshaping with your functional rhinoplasty for improved appearance and nasal function.