Among Orlando patients, rhinoplasty is generally thought to be a strictly cosmetic procedure. However, the surgery can also be performed to reshape the interior passageways of the nose to improve overall function and reduce labored breathing. This is known as a functional rhinoplasty procedure.
Nannette is a recent patient of mine who wanted to undergo rhinoplasty surgery for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
“One of the biggest benefits I’ve noticed after my rhinoplasty is that I can breathe much better,” she explains. “People don’t even really notice that I’ve had the procedure done, which is great.”
After nearly 10 years of searching for the right doctor, she finally found my practice and decided to move forward with her procedure.
“Dr.Gross walked me through the procedure and I decided to do it that day,” she says. “I felt like he treated me like I was part of his family and that he would work on me with special care.”
Health Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Many patients considering rhinoplasty are bothered by associated obstructive breathing symptoms that originate in the nasal airway. A deviated nasal septum or enlargement of the turbinates (the structures inside the nasal cavity that help to humidify inhaled air) are often the cause of such symptoms. A functional rhinoplasty can address these symptoms and, ultimately, improve the patient’s quality of life.
There are other health benefits associated with functional rhinoplasty. These include having a higher tolerance for exercise, less snoring and better sleep quality, and fewer headaches.
In addition to these benefits, Nannette says she is also enjoying a better sense of smell after her functional rhinoplasty.
“I can smell everything,” she says with a laugh. “Everything is so enhanced. I can’t explain the feeling. You just gotta do it.”