Rhinoplasty has the ability to improve aesthetic imperfections of the nose, but it also serves to correct functional issues as well. This can help with breathing problems, sinus infections, and other conditions.
Candidates for functional rhinoplasty
The best candidates for functional rhinoplasty are individuals in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area who experience obstructed nasal breathing due to a birth defect, acquired deformity, injury, or trauma to the nose. Symptoms may include:
- Nasal congestion
- Impaired breathing
- Reduced sense of smell
- Recurrent sinus infections
- Sinus pressure headaches
- Dry mouth
What to expect during your consultation
Before recommending functional rhinoplasty to you, Dr. Hessler will meet with you personally. During your consultation, she will perform a physical evaluation of your nose, and she will also discuss your complete medical history, including whether you’ve had previous nose surgeries. She will also ask you to describe any concerns regarding your nose, both cosmetic and functional. Using this information, Dr. Hessler will design a treatment plan that achieves the most desired outcome. Depending on your needs and goals, your rhinoplasty procedure may be cosmetic, functional, or both.