What is a Functional Rhinoplasty?
When it comes to a rhinoplasty, or a nose job as many of us refer to it as, many of us have one opinion on it and see it as a purely cosmetic procedure. In most segments of our society, mention of a nose job spurs thoughts similar to that of a spoiled rich girl, who takes advantage of her parent’s bank account to slim down a nose that looks perfectly fine to 99% of the world. According to Dr. Voskin, the top cosmetic surgery specialist NYC has to offer, while there are definitely a number of plastic surgery patients that fit this mold to a “T”, the vast majority of rhinoplasty patients are everyday individuals just like you or me – most of which have had to save up for months or over a year to be able to afford such a procedure. In fact, despite the reputation the Kim’s and Kylie’s of the world tend to give a Rhinoplasty, many of the patients who are considering this procedure are doing it to improve the function of their nose rather than just the appearance – many have suffered some type of trauma or chronic issue over the years. Learn more about this popular procedure below.
The rhinoplasty procedure can involve a number of different parts, including:
· Altering the size of the nostrils & opening.
· Altering the shape of the nostrils.
· Shaving down or fixing the bridge of the nose.
· Straightening the bridge and nostrils.
· Altering the nasal tip.
· Adjusting the position and overall structure of the nose.
As the top cosmetic surgery specialist NYC has to offer, Dr. Voskin and his team at Goals Plastic Surgery Brooklyn have performed a number of rhinoplasty procedures over the years. And many of the patients being operated on, came in due to suffering a broken nose, often from the simplest of everyday tasks or accidents – being hit by a door, or getting hit by a ball during a softball game. And while many of these patients suffer from a severe break that has altered the appearance of their nose, they also often suffer an injury that prevents them from breathing properly through their nose and prevents it from functioning normally. As per Dr. Voskin, the top cosmetic surgery specialist NYC has practicing, this is because the look and function of the nose are closely connected – interestingly enough, the more symmetrical and “better looking” a nose usually is, the better it will function as its structure is the way it is, for both form and function.A visible asymmetry on the outside very likely indicates misaligned structures on the inside. Such irregularities can disrupt and impede the free flow of air, making breathing a more laborious task than it should be. In many cases, correcting the internal problem leads to a corresponding, aesthetically pleasing external shift, as well.
In most patients who are in need of a functional rhinoplasty, there are usually a set of similar symptoms at play. For most of these patients, there is some narrowing of the nostrils and nasal passage, which is created as a result of a deviation – often referred to as a deviated septum, the bone in the middle of the nostrils. This can happen naturally over time due to the individual’s natural development, or it can also be the result of some type of trauma that occurred over the years. On its own, a procedure for straightening the septum is known as a septoplasty. Positioning the cartilage so that it sits properly vertical, instead of at an angle, can allow air to move more easily through each nostril.Another very common functional problem involves allergies, hormones or sinus infections causing turbinates to become enlarged. Also known as nasal conchae because of their shell-like shape, these structures warm and humidify the air as it moves through the nasal passages. Turbinates are made of bone, blood vessels and other tissue and come in three pairs: two superior, two middle and two inferior. If the inferior turbinates—which are the lowest and largest of the structures—become swollen, they can inhibit nasal airflow on both the right and left side of the nose. Most individuals will need turbinate reduction surgery for this. For more information on RHINOPLASTIES or other treatments, contact Goals Plastic Surgery today.