shutterstock_60930097When you think of the word “rhinoplasty,” what do you imagine? Do you picture someone who is determined to reshape the size and appearance of their nose?  Do you think about a patient who might feel self-conscious about their facial appearance due to an enlarged or misshapen nose?

While many rhinoplasty procedures fit the above descriptions, it turns out that rhinoplasty can do much more than shape a patient’s nose.  In fact, rhinoplasty serves a functional purpose for many patients, especially those who suffer from a deviated septum.

A functional rhinoplasty – also referred to as a septoplasty – is performed to correct a deviated septum or other blockage that may prevent the patient from breathing normally.  The septum is the thin layer of cartilage that separates the two nasal passages from one another; when one side is deviated, it prevents the regular flow of air throughout the nostrils.  The most common patients are those who have sleep apnea or significant snoring issues at night, as they cannot breathe correctly.

Other candidates for functional rhinoplasty are those who may have enlarged turbinates or internal/external valve collapse.  Once the rhinoplasty procedure has been completed, patients should start experiencing better sleep and airflow, thus alleviating major breathing issues.

At Correa Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, Texas, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Correa can perform corrective rhinoplasty procedures.  He can combine the functional rhinoplasty procedure with a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure, or just perform the former, based on a patient’s needs.

To determine if you’re a good candidate for a functional rhinoplasty procedure, schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Correa at Correa Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX.  During your consultation, Dr. Correa will work with you to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for this corrective procedure.

Schedule your functional rhinoplasty consultation today!