Are you interested in undergoing a rhinoplasty – otherwise known as a nose job – but not sure which one is best for your specific needs?
We can help. Take a look at the differences between functional vs. aesthetic rhinoplasty, including which one is right for you.
What is a Functional Rhinoplasty?
Functional rhinoplasty is a surgery that corrects medical issues that may have arisen as a result of nasal trauma (like breaking your nose) or from birth. For example, one of the most popular reasons why people seek out a functional rhinoplasty is because they’re having trouble breathing as a result of a deviated septum.
The primary goal of the functional rhinoplasty is to correct medical issues associated with a misshapen or deformed nose, as well as to improve a patient’s ability to breathe normally through the nasal passages.
What is an Aesthetic Rhinoplasty?
Aesthetic rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct more cosmetic issues and concerns you may have about your nose. For example, if you’re frustrated by a hook or bulb at the end of your nose, an aesthetic rhinoplasty procedure could remove those irregularities, leaving behind a smoother and more cosmetically pleasing nose.
The ultimate goal of the aesthetic rhinoplasty is to help restore facial balance by creating a new nose shape that fits with the patient’s overall appearance.
Which Rhinoplasty Procedure is Right for Me?
The right rhinoplasty procedure depends on your specific goals and medical needs. For example, if you have sleep apnea or have trouble breathing normally, a functional rhinoplasty may be better for you than an aesthetic one. If your concerns are more cosmetic, an aesthetic rhinoplasty could be more of your speed.
Ultimately, your plastic surgeon will help you pick the right rhinoplasty for your needs during your consultation.
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