Dr.K.O.Paulose FRCS DLO, Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, India
The approach to nasal surgery must always include consideration of aesthetic and functional ideals. Functional Rhinoplasty is surgery to reconstruct the nose just like cosmetic rhinoplasty, but also correcting the nasal function. Patients who have had trauma or congenital deformities of the nose and/or septum are candidates for functional Rhinoplasty in order to restore proper breathing through the nose.
Septoplasty is surgery to correct septal deformities only. Rhinoplasty is surgery of the external nasal structures. The nasal septum is the internal middle wall of the nose that separates right from left, and it is made of both bone and cartilage. Septoplasty is very commonly combined with Rhinoplasty to address all of the structural problems, called Septo-Rhinoplasty.
The nasal turbinates also can be reduced at the same time. Enlargement of the turbinates, known as turbinate hypertrophy, is another common cause of nasal obstruction, especially in patients with long-standing nasal allergies. When turbinate tissues become overgrown and cause functional airway disturbances, a partial turbinate reduction is indicated.
Rhinoplasty provides a means by which the overall appearance of the face can be made harmonious and symmetrical. Subtle changes in outward appearance of the nose are expected for all Rhinoplasty cases. Noses that are twisted, deviated, collapsed, pinched, will not improve with internal airway surgery alone. In this patient population, rhinoplasty techniques are necessary to straighten, enlarge, and reinforce the obstructed external nasal passages in order to create an unobstructed air passage between the nostril and throat. These techniques are commonly known as functional rhinoplasty.
Will Insurance Companies Cover Cosmetic Surgery of Nose?
Insurance usually does not cover cosmetic surgery. However, surgery to correct or improve breathing function, major deformity, or injury is frequently covered in whole or in part. Patients should obtain cost information from their surgeons and discuss with their insurance carrier prior to surgery. Costs vary widely according to the surgeon and the procedures being performed.
Pre op pictures
Post op pictures one week after sutures removed.