Just about everyone has heard of the term rhinoplasty. Most people associate rhinoplasty with wanting to make a cosmetic change to the appearance. And while it is true that a good portion of people in McAllen who have plastic surgery on their nose do it to improve their appearance, there are many individuals who have cosmetic surgery on their nose simply to help them breathe better. This procedure is referred to as functional rhinoplasty.
Understanding Functional Rhinoplasty
As its name implies, functional rhinoplasty is designed to improve nasal airway function. When air does not properly flow through your nose, it can affect your ability to breathe and can even cause you to snore. The goal of functional rhinoplasty is to improve breathing without making obvious changes to the nasal contour.
It is important to note that most patients who have functional rhinoplasty do experience some change or some improvement in the shape of their nose. This is because there is often a link between an abnormal nose shape and functional airway problems. Even when the surgical procedure is purely functional, our surgeon, who is board-certified in facial plastic surgery, always keeps in mind the aesthetic aspect of the procedure.
What Problems Are Corrected with Functional Rhinoplasty?
The most popular reason for functional rhinoplasty is to fix a deviated septum. Some patients have this procedure in response to a nasal valve’s collapse, whether it is internal or external. Others have breathing issues that stem from some form of airway obstruction. When our plastic surgeon in McAllen straightens the nasal septum or when he enlarges the nasal valves, proper airflow is restored and a person is able to breathe healthily.
Signs That You May Have an Airway Obstruction
The most obvious sign of a nasal airway obstruction is not being able to breathe. Other signs could include things like sinus infections, frequent nosebleeds, pain or discomfort in your ear, the inability to sleep and snoring. If you are not able to breathe properly, this will have a severe, long-term impact on your health. You may battle things like sleep apnea, heart disease, constant fatigue and exhaustion.
Our double board-certified surgeon at Ayala ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in McAllen will be able to help you get the functional and/or cosmetic results you want. You will be able to breathe easy, and you will be happy with the way your nose looks. Contact us today to schedule a plastic surgery consultation!