ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FUNCTIONAL RHINOPLASTY

What is it?

Functional rhinoplasty is a procedure that aims to change the nose shape for aesthetic reasons, while maintaining or improving nasal function by operating on the nasal septum or the turbinates. Rhinoplasty can be done using a closed technique with internal incisions or an open technique with a small incision in the columella. Each technique has different indications. The operation aims to correct the nasal spine (hump), shape the top and the columella of the nose.

What are the latest techniques?

Thanks to zooming and lighting, the endoscopic correction of the septum, the turbinates and all developmental abnormalities of the nose allows the radical and accurate surgical correction of all anatomical structures involved in abnormal breathing. The trend today is to remove only the abnormal areas, leaving the support of the nose unaffected. If necessary, grafts may be used, especially in cases of reoperation in certain patients after a failed surgery. These can be obtained either from the septal cartilage or from the auricle, in a simple, efficient and scar-free procedure. The use of grafts aims to offer correct and comprehensive support for the nose, to radically restore all the causes of difficulty in nasal breathing.

How is the external deformation of the nose associated with the function of breathing?

When it affects the anatomical structures of the nasal valve, the nose tip and the bony part of the septum, the deformation should be corrected by functional rhinoplasty, which ensures an excellent aesthetic and breathing result. That is, the nose becomes both symmetric and functional.

Which techniques can be applied?

Functional rhinoplasty can be done using a closed technique with internal incisions or an open technique with a small incision in the columella, which leaves no marks. Each technique has different indications, depending on the patient, and ensures a quality life free from the annoying symptoms of a stuffy nose.

What are the advantages of the new techniques for the patient?

Patients achieve much faster recovery and healing after surgery. They do not experience pain or swelling and can soon return to their professional activities.

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