Functional Vs Aesthetic Rhinoplasty: What Are The Differences?

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is one of the leading cosmetic procedures that get carried out in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Society, over 207,000 patients had cosmetic rhinoplasty in 2019.

Aside from aesthetics, nose jobs sometimes get carried out for functional reasons, such as correct nasal issues and congenital disabilities. Both rhinoplasty treatments are carried out by Dr. Anthony Farole, a leading and board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

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Functional Rhinoplasty

For many Americans, functional rhinoplasty can result in positive, life-changing benefits. In a nutshell, functional rhinoplasty is performed to correct problems that may cause a deviated septum or reduce breathing capability.

A deviated septum is where the nasal cavities are crooked or aren’t correctly aligned. Deviated septums can happen at birth, but are also caused by severe trauma to the nose – such as an accident.

Functional rhinoplasty can also fix septal perforation. This is where large holes occur in the septum due to trauma, cancer and other diseases. Dr. Farole carries out functional rhinoplasty in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Unlike aesthetic rhinoplasty, functional rhinoplasty is a type of treatment designed purely for patients that require corrective surgery for medical reasons, rather than cosmetic ones.

Aesthetic / Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Aesthetic rhinoplasty, or cosmetic rhinoplasty, is the process of correcting structural issues to bring balance to the nose. Patients that opt for aesthetic rhinoplasty typically do so because they’re unhappy about the size or shape of their noses.

Some of the issues that cosmetic rhinoplasty resolves include problem bumps on the bridge and enlarged nostrils. The result of such surgery is a better defined and contoured nose structure.

Patients that have aesthetic rhinoplasty don’t have any problems with breathing, or other issues that functional rhinoplasty corrects. From a surgical perspective, the procedures are the same in that they modify and improve certain elements of the nose.

For most people, only one cosmetic rhinoplasty is needed during their lifetime. Dr. Farole is qualified and well-versed at conducting aesthetic rhinoplasty on both male and female patients.

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Am I a Candidate For a Rhinoplasty?

Now that you know the difference between functional rhinoplasty and cosmetic rhinoplasty, you might be wondering if you make a good candidate for such procedures. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks you need to consider.

Fortunately, the risks with a functional rhinoplasty or aesthetic rhinoplasty is low. You might be a good candidate if you’ve got a medical condition that affects your nose function, or if you’re just unhappy with the size or shape of your nose.

Men and women should be in a good general level of health, and not experience allergic reactions to anesthesia. Also, surgery should be avoided in certain circumstances, such as if your nose has had recent trauma and is still healing from it.

“I loved my experience with Dr. Farole and his staff. Everyone was warm, friendly and informative. My procedure was quick and pleasant. All care instructions were clear and helpful.” *

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Are you interested in learning more about rhinoplasty? Schedule a consultation at Dr. Farole’s Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA by giving us a call at (610) 668-3300 today.

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