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What’s The Difference Detween Functional And Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?

2023-07-09 16:39:54

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah

When we talk about rhinoplasty the discussion is usually about changing the aesthetics of the nose but rhinoplasty isn’t always about changing the aesthetics, it actually depends on the patients, sometime it can be to fix a nasal functionality problem and that’s when the difference between these two types of surgery will shine.

Basically, a cosmetic rhinoplasty will be to change to shape of the nose and making it look better while a functional rhinoplasty as its name suggests focuses on the nasal functionality and the breathing process with your nose.

Functional rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty

ome common problems which make patients need a functional rhinoplasty are nasal passages that are too low or another common problem known as septum which is a deviated line of cartilage, but a functional rhinoplasty can also improve the shape of the nose, it isn’t the focus in this type of surgery but it might improve the aesthetics as well as the functionality.

Another problem which is common is regarding hormones, allergies or sinus infections which may cause the nose turbines to be enlarged and as a result interfere with the nasal air flow on both sides of the nose, but turbinate reduction in a functional rhinoplasty surgery will treat that problem.

Also, another thing would be to the sidewalls of the nose being weak so this type of surgery can strengthen the sidewalls of the nose so they don’t collapse and cause problems with the airflow.

Another problem that can be treated with this type of nose surgery is septal perforation which happens when large holes occur in septum due to reasons like trauma, cancer or other diseases

So, to put it in a nutshell a functional rhinoplasty can treat problems that has occurred with reasons such as:

Cosmetic rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty

As it is obvious nose is an important part of our face and it has a great impact in a face being attractive or not which makes cosmetic rhinoplasty one of the most common surgeries all over the world which makes many people undergo a nose job every year.

The most structural problem which makes people want to go through a nose surgery in to reduce the prominent bump along the nose which makes a big difference or bulbous tip cartilages of the nose which people want to be smaller and more triangulated and another thing which is a crooked nose which people might want to be straightened out.

For this type of surgery to be done surgeons need to change the shape of nasal tip cartilages and nasal bones and although a functional rhinoplasty could have helped with breathing, here breathing problems happening is a risk despite the fact of it being a very rare occurrence.

While this type of surgery is only to the nose it can help balance the entire face and as a result help with overall attractiveness of the face and the person’s self-esteem.

In a nutshell here are the reasons which might encourage you to go through a cosmetic rhinoplasty:

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The recovery procedure and results of functional and cosmetic rhinoplasties

The recovery procedure and results of functional and cosmetic rhinoplasties

The recovery for both functional and cosmetic rhinoplasties is the same for the most part, however, there are some differences such as bruising after a cosmetic surgery and while the early results might be apparent in the first 2-3 weeks after the surgery, the final result will appear 1 year after the surgery when the last of the fullness subsides.

Scarring difference of a functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty

Scarring difference of a functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty

The scars depend of the surgery type and whether it’s a closed or a open rhinoplasty, open rhinoplasty surgeries require the doctor to make incisions to the nose and lift the skin and as a result there will be scars which need time to heal from, however in a closed rhinoplasty no incisions need to be made to the exterior of the nose and as a result there will be no scars visible, for more information regarding closed vs open rhinoplasty follow Ermateb.

Trying to get both the results of a cosmetic and functional surgery at once

Many patients aim to treat both their nose functionality problems and get a better look for their nose at once and that’s possible, because the form and function of the nose are related closely, often correcting internal problems might lead to more pleasing aesthetics as well.

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