Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty
The nose has been called “the most defining characteristic of the face,” yet sometimes people are dissatisfied with its appearance. Whether due to a birth defect, age, trauma or just unhappiness with the nose they were born with, men and women of all ages may want their noses reshaped to better complement their other features.
Commonly referred to as a “nose job” or nasal reshaping, the goals of rhinoplasty may be entirely cosmetic, entirely functional, or they may include both cosmetic and functional goals. A cosmetic rhinoplasty seeks to improve the appearance of the nose, so that it better harmonizes with other facial features. A functional rhinoplasty, or nasal valve correction, aims to optimize airflow through the nose and sinuses to alleviate nasal obstruction. Patients with nasal obstruction are candidates for functional rhinoplasty when their condition may not be managed medically or with septoplasty or turbinoplasty alone.
Rhinoplasty surgeries that include both cosmetic and functional goals may be done together as a dual functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty. Our surgeons work closely with colleagues in the Sinus Center in these surgeries to address any sinus disease. This partnership allows patients to have only one surgery, which limits their recovery period, their time under anesthesia and their time away from work.
For all patients considering nasal surgery, it is critical to balance the surgeon’s knowledge of nasal function with your cosmetic goals.
The very best way to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons. Contact the Facial and Cosmetic Surgery Center at Mass. Eye and Ear today at 617-573-3223.