Like many people, you may have learned to live with breathing difficulties, believing they are normal or untreatable. Dr. Hill’s patients are often pleasantly surprised to learn that their breathing issues are not only abnormal but are also easily treated, often through the use of functional rhinoplasty procedures such as septoplasty.
Functional rhinoplasty is classified as any plastic surgery procedure performed to address and repair the function of the nose. This is different than corrective/revisional rhinoplasty, which refers to a plastic surgery procedure performed for the purpose of correcting a prior, poorly-perfomed rhinoplasty.
Corrective/revisional rhinoplasty may be performed to address issues related to function or aesthetics, or both, whereas functional surgery is done for the specific purpose of targeting physical abnormalities and medical issues.
While the nose does much to define one’s outward appearance, it is first and foremost a vital part of the human respiratory system. Just like any other part of the body, its function can become impaired, resulting in an array of mild to severe physical difficulties.
If you have difficulty breathing through one side of your nose, snore at night, suffer from allergies or notice that others seem to have a keener sense of smell than you, your nose is not functioning as it should be.
These issues can be addressed using one of several functional rhinoplasty procedures, such as septoplasty, turbinate reduction or nasal valve collapse repair.