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Functional Rhinoplasty FAQs

What is functional rhinoplasty?

A functional rhinoplasty is a nose surgery that is performed to correct or improve nasal airway function. When air does not move correctly through the nose, the condition is referred to as functional airway obstruction, which can be corrected through functional rhinoplasty. If performed alone, the patient is typically seeking improvement in airway function without any obvious change to the nasal contour. It is, however, more common for patients to undergo a rhinoplasty to improve both the cosmetic form and function of the nose. In many cases, a crooked or otherwise abnormal nose is associated with functional airway problems. Even when performing a cosmetic rhinoplasty, the best nose job surgeon will strive to enhance both the appearance and function of the nose.

What problems can be corrected through functional rhinoplasty?

Functional rhinoplasty can be performed to correct a deviated septum, internal and external nasal valve collapse and obstruction, enlarged turbinates, and may also involve the removal of enlarged nasal polyps. Functional airway obstruction occurs when the components of the nose are not functioning correctly. Straightening the nasal septum, enlarging or supporting the nasal valves, and treating enlarged turbinates and polyps during a functional rhinoplasty may restore proper airflow through the nose.

What are the symptoms of functional airway obstruction?

The most obvious indication of nasal airway obstruction is difficulty breathing through the nose. Other symptoms, such as chronic sinus infections, sinus pain, nosebleeds, ear disorders, and sleep disturbances may also point to functional airway obstruction. Inadequate nasal function can have a long-term impact on health. Researchers have found a correlation between functional airway obstruction and hypertension, insomnia, sleep apnea, and heart disease. In addition, diminished nasal function can lead to feelings of chronic exhaustion and fatigue.

Will my medical insurance cover a functional rhinoplasty?

Functional rhinoplasty that is performed to correct a diagnosed disorder of the nasal airways is likely to be covered by your medical insurance company; however, alterations performed to correct a purely cosmetic concern are not usually covered. As such, the patient will be responsible for covering any cost related to purely cosmetic revisions. Dr. Rizk commonly performs nose surgeries that address both functional and cosmetic concerns, so we are experienced in working with insurance companies to determine the cost. When you undergo a NYC rhinoplasty with our doctor, we will help you understand the costs that will be covered by your medical insurance company and which ones you will be responsible for.

Who should perform a functional rhinoplasty?

As with any other type of nose surgery, a successful outcome depends greatly upon the skill and experience of the surgeon performing the functional rhinoplasty. Dr. Sam Rizk is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes exclusively in surgeries of the face and neck. He has an expert knowledge of the nasal anatomy and is experienced in performing surgeries to correct all types of nasal obstructions. Patients seeking to address both cosmetic and functional problems will greatly benefit from his expertise and artistic eye. To learn more about undergoing a rhinoplasty in NYC with Dr. Rizk, please contact us today.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

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