Cosmetic Rhinoplasty vs. Functional Rhinoplasty

If you want to dramatically improve the way you look, you may want to consider a rhinoplasty (nose job). Reshaping and improve the overall function of the nose can work wonders. Dr. John R. Griffin has performed countless rhinoplasty procedures on patients in San Mateo, CA and throughout the Bay Area.

No two nasal surgeries are alike. In fact, some nose jobs are focused more on aesthetics while others are done to improve your ability to breathe. With that in mind, let’s consider the differences between a functional rhinoplasty and a cosmetic rhinoplasty.

What Is Functional Rhinoplasty?

Functional rhinoplasty refers to a nose surgery performed to address crooked, narrow, or poorly shaped nasal passages. In these cases, the problems with the nasal passageways lead to issues with normal breathing. A functional rhinoplasty revises the affected structures of the nasal passages.

Ideal Candidates for Functional Rhinoplasty

Good candidates for functional rhinoplasty are people who experience respiratory issues due to nasal passageway problems. For instance, a person may have a deviated septum, which means the structure that separates the left and right nostril is displaced to one side. A septoplasty can correct this imbalance.

While many of the nasal surgery procedures at our practice are aesthetic in nature, Dr. Griffin has helped a number of patients who require functional rhinoplasty.

What Is Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?

A cosmetic rhinoplasty is a nasal surgery designed to alter the shape, size, prominence, and overall appearance of the nose. This is the kind of rhinoplasty people typically think of when they hear the phrase “nose job.” Adjusting the appearance of the nose can help improve overall facial symmetry and balance.

Ideal Candidates for Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Good candidates for cosmetic rhinoplasty are people who feel that their nose is aesthetically flawed in some way. That may include the following issues:

Can Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty Be Combined?

Technically, cosmetic and functional nasal surgeries are different simply given the nature of each procedure. For instance, a septoplasty isn’t going to greatly improve the appearance of the tip nose. Similarly, a cosmetic surgery to remove a bump on the bridge of the nose will do nothing to address breathing issues.

That said, rhinoplasty after an injury to the nose may be considered a combination of cosmetic and functional surgery. Fixing a broken nose will improve your breathing, open up nasal passageways, and also enhance the overall appearance of your nose in the process.

Which Type of Nasal Surgery Is Right for Me?

The right kind of rhinoplasty will depend on the issues that a patient currently experiences. During a consultation at our Bay Area cosmetic surgery center, we will be able to assess your situation, take ample x-rays, and determine the ideal treatment approach for your needs.

We’re here to listen and to offer honest answers about improving the way you look and how you feel. Take a deep breath—we are here to help.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty

For more information about undergoing rhinoplasty and other options for facial rejuvenation, be sure to contact a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Griffin looks forward to your visit.

August 06, 2019 | TOPICS: Face