Patients often request cosmetic corrections to the nose at the same time as septoplasty surgery. Nasal obstruction is a common problem that can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life. The goal of surgery for nasal congestion is to make the nasal passages more open. Since Rhinoplasty often involves making the nose smaller, a balance between these goals must be achieved. As a board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Westreich has extensive experience in both functional and cosmetic nasal surgery and is uniquely qualified to perform this simultaneous correction. This procedure is often more difficult in deviated or crooked noses.
The goals of functional nasal surgery is to create even and adequate passages on both sides of the nose. If the external nose is crooked and not fixed, then the likelihood of surgically creating a straight septum with balanced air passages is low. Dr. Westreich believes that creating a uniform and straight nose, both internally and externally, is the best way to meet the functional and aesthetic goals when performing septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgery.
Dr. Westreich believes that a thorough understanding of how the nose works is critical to surgical success. The symptom of nasal obstruction must be comprehensively evaluated, keeping the patient’s ethnicity and nasal architecture in mind, as all noses do not breathe through the same pathways. One such factor is the inferior turbinates; these are paired structures of bone and tissue that hang from the side of the nose bilaterally that can become engorged with blood. These turbinates swell and obstruct your nose when you get a cold or if you have allergies. Reducing their size can be critical to improving your breathing. Many other conditions, such as allergic or irritant rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, and other illnesses can contribute to breathing problems. As a specialist in reconstructive and cosmetic nasal surgery, Dr. Westreich will evaluate you for both medical and surgical treatment options.
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