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What’s the Difference Between Functional and Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgeryOur noses are central to how we feel and how we feel about ourselves. People with unremarkable noses that function perfectly may never fully understand how true this is.

As a feature that sits front and center on our faces, any bump, misalignment or other flaw in the nose can dramatically decrease our self-confidence. And because we need our noses to breathe, any diminished functionality can be terribly uncomfortable and even detrimental to a person’s health.  

Fortunately, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery) allows us to address both cosmetic and functional concerns regarding the nose. At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, California, we often hear from patients whose lives have been changed following their rhinoplasty surgery.  These are not people who are desperate to look like Christy Brinkley or Brad Pitt – they’re people who want to breathe normally and have the kind of nose that won’t distract from their beautiful eyes or other features that have gone unnoticed for years.

Those who come to us for cosmetic rhinoplasty come seeking the one or more of the following:

  • Change in nose size
  • Dorsal hump correction
  • Nasal misalignment correction
  • Nostril size or shape modification
  • Drooping nasal tip enhancement

Some patients have functional problems they’d like Dr. Shumway to address as well. Their reasons for seeking functional rhinoplasty may include:

  • Nasal trauma after injury
  • Cancer removal
  • Deviated septum
  • Obstructed nasal passageways
  • Nasal polyps obstructing the sinuses

The main difference between these rhinoplasty surgeries is your goals. Of course, each will require different surgical particulars depending on your needs. The best way to get specifics about your surgery is to sit down with Dr. Shumway.

During your consultation, Dr. Shumway will listen to your concerns, perform exams to evaluate your needs, any breathing problems and discuss your options with you. You’ll know immediately that you’re in good hands. As an expert in his field, Dr. Shumway is highly qualified and highly skilled, and he’ll provide you with excellent results.  

What if you need both?

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we’re happy to combine functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty into one procedure for patients looking to address both concerns. This way, you’ll get everything you need with only one recovery period!

Call us.

We take great care of our patients before, during, and after every procedure. You can count on us from your first question to the moment you walk out of our office with a properly functioning and beautifully unremarkable nose – and beyond.

If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Shumway, or if you just have questions about rhinoplasty, give us a call.

Happy New Year, San Diego! We look forward to hearing from you.