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Functional Rhinoplasty

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While many seek rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, functional rhinoplasty focuses on improving the function of the nose rather than its appearance. Functional rhinoplasty is recommended for individuals with nasal abnormalities that cause discomfort or breathing problems. Dr. Lalezar offers personalized functional rhinoplasty in NYC to improve breathing and correct functional problems.

Correct Functional Nose Problems

Functional rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to correct nasal abnormalities that are causing functional problems. These abnormalities can include a deviated septum, a condition where the partition between the nostrils is crooked or off-center, or nasal polyps, which are benign growths that can obstruct the airways. The primary goal of functional rhinoplasty is to improve the function of the nose and ease breathing problems.

The Goals of Functional Rhinoplasty:

  • Improving the overall function of the nose
  • Addressing the structural abnormalities responsible for your functional issues
  • Improving overall breathing and speech comfort
  • Correcting nasal congestion, sinus infections, dry mouth, and other symptoms of nasal abnormalities
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Reasons For Functional Rhinoplasty

Deviated Septum
A deviated septum is a condition where the partition between the nostrils is crooked or misaligned. This can cause difficulty breathing through one nostril or a constant need to clear the throat. Functional rhinoplasty can straighten the septum and improve breathing.

Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are benign growths that can obstruct the airways and cause congestion and a feeling of pressure in the sinuses. They can also cause a loss of sense of smell. Functional rhinoplasty in NYC can remove nasal polyps and improve the function of the nose.

Collapse of Nasal Valve
The nasal valve is a small area inside the nostrils that regulates airflow. If the nasal valve collapses, it can cause difficulty breathing and discomfort. Functional rhinoplasty can strengthen the nasal valve, correct the structural root cause of the collapse, and improve breathing.

Enlarged Turbinates
The turbinates are small structures inside the nose that humidify and filter the air we breathe. If the turbinates become enlarged, they can obstruct the airways and cause breathing issues. Functional rhinoplasty can reduce the size of the turbinates and improve breathing.

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Symptoms Of Nasal Abnormalities:

  • Poor breathing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Dry mouth
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Constant nasal drip
  • Sinus pressure headaches
  • Persistent and severe nosebleeds
  • Constant need to clear the throat

Dr. Lalezar’s Surgical Technique

During functional rhinoplasty, Dr. Lalezar will make incisions inside the nostrils or across the columella (the area between the nostrils) to access the underlying nasal structures. He will reshape or resize the nasal structures as necessary to correct the underlying problem. Depending on your unique condition, he may remove excess tissue or bone, reshape or reposition the septum, or add cartilage grafts to reshape the nose. The specific details of the surgery depend on your unique condition and goals.

Your Recovery Journey

After functional rhinoplasty in NYC, you must rest and take it easy for the first few days to allow your body to heal. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, but these symptoms should subside within a few days. You will need to wear a splint to protect your nose and help it maintain its new shape. You must also avoid strenuous activity and contact sports for several weeks. However, you can resume daily activities and work within a week.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Frank Lalezar is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cutting-edge rhinoplasty techniques. He carefully examines your nose, discusses your goals and concerns, administers imaging tests to identify the structural root cause of your symptoms, and curates a personalized functional rhinoplasty plan. His considered approach to rhinoplasty ensures safe and reliable results. Please schedule an appointment to learn more about functional rhinoplasty.

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