First, consider this: what good is a pretty nose if you can’t use it to breathe? Frequently, doing cosmetic surgery on the nose means making it smaller. As such, there is less room to breathe in the nose than there was prior to the procedure. At ARC Plastic Surgery, we strive to deliver the best functional rhinoplasty Miami has to offer. Functional rhinoplasty allows you to achieve the look you want without compromising your nose’s function. Dr. Jeremy White is a double board-certified plastic surgeon serving Miami, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale patients. Dr. White has the skill and expertise to deliver results that will truly enhance your confidence and life.
Functional rhinoplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure designed to refine the shape of the nose while maintaining or enhancing its function. Through the careful application of specialized techniques, it is possible to create a smaller, beautifully contoured nose without constricting airflow. The key to achieving results that will improve every aspect of your life is selecting a surgeon who prioritizes patient wellness and is dedicated to making sure you feel as good as you look.
Functional rhinoplasty allows you to address concerns about your nose’s appearance and function simultaneously, delivering comprehensive improvements that can significantly enhance your self-esteem and overall wellness. In addition to cosmetic benefits such as reducing the hump at the bridge of the nose, improving symmetry, reshaping the nasal tip, or addressing virtually any other concerns related to your nose’s appearance, functional rhinoplasty effectively resolves problems that may impact breathing. Functional rhinoplasty is an excellent option for patients who would like to correct a deviated septum, improve sleep apnea, repair nasal valve collapse, reduce airflow obstructions, or correct abnormalities or imperfections caused by injury.
There are special techniques that can be performed at the time of rhinoplasty to help preserve and optimize breathing through the nose at the same time as your nose job. Often this means the placement of “spreader grafts,” which help to straighten the nose and keep certain areas of the nose open when the nasal bones are broken and moved inward. This area is called the internal nasal valve and is one of the breathing gateways into the nasal passage.
There is also something called the external nasal valve, which is an area on the nose sidewall that can collapse when a person breathes in. The collapse of this area can occur due to excessive removal of nasal cartilage or can be an inherent problem with the nose prior to surgery. This is addressed with cartilage grafting. Then there is the part that deals with a deviated septum. This is a very common problem and does not always cause significant breathing problems. However, when you make the nose smaller or take down a bump, these small septum problems can become magnified. The treatment for this is septoplasty, which is a straightening of the septum.
The final component is the pair of inferior turbinates. These bones are covered with a lining inside of the nose and are often swollen in people with chronic allergies. The turbinates are a very common cause of trouble with nasal breathing and can be shrunken at the time of rhinoplasty. There are many ways to accomplish this. Dr. White chooses to perform “submucous resection,” with a turbinate blade, which is a sort of minimally invasive liposuction technique from the inside of the turbinate that cuts down on bleeding and preserves the natural lining of the nose. This technique also helps to prevent the development of “empty nose syndrome,” which happens when a surgeon removes too much turbinate. Empty nose syndrome describes the sensation of the inability to breathe through the nose, despite there being more space to breathe!
Ultimately, our Miami functional rhinoplasty patients can look forward to a beautifully shaped nose and an enhanced sense of overall wellness. Achieve impeccable rhinoplasty results without sacrificing the function of your nose.
Dr. White has patients from North Miami and around the world who come to him for his unique expertise in rhinoplasty. Breathing better starts with researching your plastic surgeon and the procedure itself.
Our staff at ARC Plastic Surgery is happy to sit down with you and go through the entire process from start to finish. Patients interested in discussing their personalized functional rhinoplasty can begin their journey with a private consultation with Dr. Jeremy White. ARC Plastic Surgery serves Miami, Aventura, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale area patients.
While recovery varies depending on the details of your procedure, most Miami functional rhinoplasty patients should expect to stay home from work for about one to two weeks.
If you have concerns about your nose’s structure impeding its function, this is likely an excellent option for you. You should not smoke and be in good general health to undergo surgery.
Depending on the details of your concerns, medical insurance may cover part or all of your procedure.
If you’re considering plastic surgery in Miami, Aventura or Fort Lauderdale, choosing the right plastic surgeon could not be more important. Dr. Jeremy White is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2021 Doctor’s Choice Award Miami, the 2016 RealSelf Top 500, and the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award Winner since 2017. We invite you to have a consultation about the procedure you need. Schedule your consultation today.
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