A functional rhinoplasty is mostly concerned with addressing nasal function, performed if you have a condition that has resulted in breathing difficulties. If your breathing issues are caused by a deviated septum, your procedure will include a septoplasty, which aims to surgically correct the cartilage and bone inside your nose that separates the nostrils. You may also choose to address aesthetic concerns alongside improving nasal function.
Reasons for Considering a Functional Rhinoplasty
The procedure usually lasts from one to three hours under general anaesthesia.
A functional rhinoplasty is highly dependent on your anatomy as well as any aesthetic concerns you may have, therefore the specific surgical process that will be undertaken is highly individualised. Dr Goh will formulate a plan that will address your concerns within the context of your anatomy.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and to reduce the recovery time. Some swelling may be noticed; however, any swelling will disappear within a few weeks. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose. Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery, which can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses. While complications are rare, you can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by Dr Goh.