When it comes to rhinoplasty, there are many different types of procedures that can be performed, including cosmetic, functional, ethnic, revision, and reconstructive rhinoplasty. However, these subsets of the procedure are typically not performed as standalone procedures. They are instead usually combined to help give patients the results they seek. Functional rhinoplasty for example, is often combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty in order to improve both aesthetics and nasal function. If you are considering functional rhinoplasty, then you may not have given much thought to changes in your nose’s appearance. However, there are many benefits to combining cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty.

One Surgery, Two Benefits

While nasal function improvement can make life easier in obvious ways, cosmetic changes can also help in significant ways. By combining the two procedures into one surgery, patients can experience comprehensive improvement that can improve both breathing and self-esteem.

How Function Can Affect Form

For many people with functional nasal problems, the root of the issue is a nasal deformity. Some deformities are not obvious externally, but can affect the appearance of the nose as a whole. While fixing the nasal structure for better breathing can help improve the nose’s appearance, more work may need to be done to make the nose look its best.

Facial Harmony

Facial aesthetics and our perceptions of beauty have a lot to do with facial harmony. When one feature is out of sync with the rest of the face, the appearance can be affected in a negative way. Rhinoplasty is a customizable procedure that can help to improve this balance and harmony by making the nose match the rest of the face. This is one reason rhinoplasty is such a complex procedure—it is different in every case. A talented rhinoplasty surgeon is truly an artist, and can make a huge difference in facial aesthetics by changing the nose.

Breathe Better, Feel Better

Breathing problems can affect quality of life in significant ways. Depending on the severity of the problem, sleeping, exercising, and other everyday activities can be affected by problems with nasal function. Issues like sleep deprivation can have many negative effects beyond fatigue, and can cause health problems later on. While everyone is different, it makes sense to take a close look at breathing problems and consider correction if they are causing problems.

Easier Recovery

If you are considering a combination procedure, you are setting yourself up for success, as it is much easier to recover from one surgery than from two. Typically, patients can return to work within about two weeks, but complete resolution of swelling can take up to a year or more.

When it comes to rhinoplasty, a second surgery is much more difficult to perform successfully. So if you are on the fence about whether to pursue both functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty, you should take this into consideration and make your plans accordingly. Many functional rhinoplasty patients find that there is no reason not to move forward with cosmetic changes, as it is a convenient option, and most patients end up very happy with the results.

Choosing a Surgeon

Rhinoplasty is an extremely complex surgery, requiring in-depth knowledge of both nasal structure and facial aesthetics. Only a board certified plastic surgeon will have the skill and knowledge to produce consistently good results for a variety of patients. If you would like to undergo rhinoplasty for any reason, it is important to do your research and choose the surgeon who is right for you. If you are interested in functional improvement, it is a good idea to consult with an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) specialist before you start consulting with prospective surgeons.

If you would like to speak with an expert in Newport Beach (949-650-8882) or Beverly Hills (310-467-2180), California, then come to Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery and meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rami K. Batniji. Dr. Batniji is one of only a few facial surgery experts in the area, and has the skill to help you reach your rhinoplasty goals. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.