Functional rhinoplasty, offered by Maan Plastic Surgery in Los Gatos, is a transformative procedure that aims to enhance the functionality of the nose. Led by Dr. Z, our premier plastic surgery practice focuses on correcting structural abnormalities to improve breathing and resolve other functional issues while achieving natural-looking results.
Achieve Optimal Nose Functionality
Functional rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the functional aspects of the nose. Unlike cosmetic rhinoplasty, which focuses primarily on aesthetics, functional rhinoplasty corrects structural abnormalities that may cause breathing difficulties, snoring, sleep apnea, or chronic congestion. This procedure can also help address birth defects or injuries that affect the nose’s functionality. With the expertise of Dr. Z, patients can achieve a more balanced and functional nose that complements their unique facial features.
Potential Reasons for Functional Rhinoplasty:
- Difficulty breathing through the nose due to structural abnormalities, such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal valve collapse
- Chronic nasal congestion or sinusitis that doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatments
- Birth defects that affect the structure of the nose, such as cleft lip and palate or asymmetry
- Trauma or injury that causes a nasal deformity or obstruction, such as a broken nose
- Sleep apnea or snoring caused by an obstructed airway due to a narrow nasal passage
- A desire to correct a previous rhinoplasty that has resulted in functional issues
Candidates for Functional Rhinoplasty:
- Individuals with functional issues related to their nasal structure
- Those who have birth defects that affect the structure of their nose
- Individuals who have experienced a traumatic injury resulting in nasal deformity
- Those who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations
- Non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery
- Adults whose facial growth is complete, usually after 16 for girls and 18 for boys
- Patients willing to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions
Your Journey to Recovery: Side Effects & Downtime
After functional rhinoplasty, it is normal to experience some side effects, such as swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Dr. Z will provide you with pain medication to manage any discomfort and recommend cold compresses to reduce swelling. You may also experience nasal congestion and bleeding, which can be managed with saline sprays.
Downtime for functional rhinoplasty varies, but most patients can expect to take one to two weeks off work or school. You should avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise or heavy lifting, for at least two to three weeks. It is also important to avoid direct sunlight and protect your nose from accidental bumps during the healing process.
Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Z
Dr. Z is a plastic surgeon with extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. He specializes in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, providing him with a deep understanding of the aging process and how to enhance the body’s regenerative potential for optimal outcomes. Dr. Z takes a patient-centered approach, taking the time to listen to your concerns and understand your goals for the procedure. If you are considering functional rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Z today.