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Functional rhinoplasty in Scottsdale is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the functionality of the nasal passages and addressing breathing difficulties and structural issues. This procedure enhances airflow and corrects nasal deformities, enhancing nasal form and function.

Promote Optimal
Airflow & Nasal Functionality

Functional rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to address nasal issues that impede proper breathing and airflow. Unlike cosmetic primary rhinoplasty, which primarily focuses on enhancing the appearance of the nose, functional rhinoplasty prioritizes the improvement of nasal function. This procedure can be essential for individuals with structural problems in the nose, such as a deviated septum, collapsed nasal valves, or other obstructions that hinder normal breathing.

During functional rhinoplasty, Dr. DeVictor reshapes and restructures the nasal passages to ensure optimal airflow. This may involve correcting a deviated septum, reinforcing weak cartilage, or widening narrowed airways. By addressing these functional concerns, patients can experience significant improvements in their ability to breathe through the nose, leading to enhanced overall well-being and quality of life.

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Signs & Symptoms Indicating You May Need Functional Rhinoplasty:

  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Persistent snoring or sleep apnea
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Nasal deformities affecting breathing
  • Noisy or labored breathing
  • Nasal trauma and injuries
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Nasal pain or discomfort

Functional Rhinoplasty Correct:

Deviated Septum

A common concern addressed with functional rhinoplasty in Scottsdale, a deviated septum is a nasal condition where the thin wall of cartilage and bone that separates the nostrils (known as the septum) is displaced to one side, obstructing the nasal passage. This can lead to issues like nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, snoring, and an increased susceptibility to sinus infections. Functional rhinoplasty can correct this issue by repositioning the septum to its proper alignment.

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths that develop on the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses. They are typically soft, painless, and can vary in size. Nasal polyps often result from chronic inflammation or allergies, and they can obstruct the nasal passages, causing symptoms such as nasal congestion, reduced sense of smell, postnasal drip, and facial pressure. Functional rhinoplasty may be recommended to remove nasal polyps.

Nasal Valve Collapse

Nasal valve collapse is a condition where the outer or internal nasal valve areas narrow or weaken, leading to difficulties in breathing through the nose. Functional rhinoplasty in Scottsdale effectively treats this condition by reinforcing or widening the nasal valves. This surgical procedure restores structural support and widens the air passages, often using spreader grafts, thus improving airflow and reducing nasal obstruction.

Enlarged Turbinates

Enlarged turbinates refer to the swollen or enlarged structures within the nasal passages known as nasal turbinates. These structures are usually responsible for purifying the air before entering the body. When they become enlarged, they cause breathing issues. Functional rhinoplasty can address this condition by removing part of the turbinates (turbinectomy) or altering the existing turbinates (turbinoplasty), to improve overall nasal function.

Recovery After Functional Rhinoplasty

In the first days following your surgery, you will likely experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort around your nose. Your surgeon may place splints or dressings to support the healing process. It’s essential to follow their post-operative instructions diligently, which may include keeping your head elevated, applying ice packs, and avoiding strenuous activities.

During the initial weeks, you’ll notice gradual improvements in your breathing as the swelling subsides. Complete recovery can take several months as your nasal tissues settle into their new configuration. Be patient and allow your body the time it needs to heal properly. It’s crucial to attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress after functional rhinoplasty in Scottsdale.

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Functional Rhinoplasty FAQs

Is functional rhinoplasty a painful procedure?

Most patients report mild discomfort rather than severe pain after rhinoplasty. The surgical site may feel swollen, and you might experience some pressure around the nose. Dr. DeVictor will prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort.

How long does it take to see the full results of functional rhinoplasty?

It can take several months to a year to see the full results of functional rhinoplasty. During this time, the nasal tissues will settle into their new configuration, and any residual swelling will dissipate. While you’ll likely notice improvements in breathing early on, complete recovery and optimal results require patience.

Are there risks or complications associated with functional rhinoplasty?

Like any surgical procedure performed, functional rhinoplasty in Scottsdale carries some risks. Potential complications may include infection, bleeding, scarring, and anesthesia-related issues. However, choosing a skilled surgeon like Dr. DeVictor can reduce the likelihood of these complications.

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With Dr. DeVictor

Dr. DeVictor is a highly skilled surgeon with board certification in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His background includes completing an AO Craniomaxillofacial fellowship, further cementing his expertise in functional rhinoplasty. If you’re considering functional rhinoplasty, schedule your consultation with Dr. DeVictor to benefit from his expertise and personalized care. He will assess your unique needs and provide guidance tailored to your situation, ensuring safe, consistent, and optimal outcomes.

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