What Is The Difference Between RHINOPLASTY And A FUNCTIONAL NOSE JOB?

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

The Nose is the most dominant and defining feature of the face. A nose with cosmetic blemishes can bring imbalance and disharmony to the face. The Role of Rhinoplasty surgery is to address these imperfections to create aesthetic balance and bring harmony to the face.

What can be achieved through Rhinoplasty surgery?

  • Change the hump or profile of the nose
  • Improve the definition of the nose and tip
  • Narrow the width of the nose
  • Make the nose smaller
  • Straighten a crooked or deviated nose
  • Address a hooked nose
  • Change the shape and size of the nostrils
  • Improve the projection of a collapsed nose
  • Improve nasal breathing

Functional Nasal surgery : Septorhinoplasty

Some individuals will seek surgery because they have both functional (difficulty breathing through the nose) and aesthetic aspirations. There is limited benefit in having surgery to have an attractive looking nose if it doesn’t function well! Nasal aesthetics and breathing are both an equally important part of any Rhinoplasty procedure. 

The commonest causes for nasal functional restriction are:

Nasal septal deviation is commonly due to previous nasal injury but can also be there since birth or part of the facial development.
Turbinate enlargment can be due to nasal allergies or secondary to nasal septal deviation
Previous nasal injuries can result in change in the alignment and positioning of the nasal bones that can compromise nasal breathing.

To achieve these changes, there are classically two approaches: Closed and Open Rhinoplasty

Closed or Open Rhinoplasty are not different “operations”. They are simply the most suitable approach (access) used to deliver on the changes required. Prof Sama uses both Closed and Open approaches.