Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty is performed to enhance breathing through your nose. Functional rhinoplasty is a very common procedure for people with a severely blocked nose.

Dr Robinson also performs functional rhinoplasty when a previous septoplasty may not have worked. Dr Robinson has presented his results of functional rhinoplasty at the annual ENT conference and demonstrated that all patients he performed a functional rhinoplasty on had an improvement in their breathing after the operation.

Some of the patients who need a functional rhinoplasty include:

  • Patients who have fractured their nose many times
  • Ex professional sportsman
  • Patients who have had a previous failed nasal operation for breathing
  • Patients over 60 years old who have a collapsed nose
  • Patients who notice a collapsing side wall of their nose

Functional rhinoplasty differs between patients but the general steps are as follows:

  • External approach rhinoplasty
  • Septoplasty [Straighten cartilage in middle of nose]
  • Cartilage harvest for grafting
  • Extended spreader grafts
  • Strut grafts
  • Bilateral turbinoplasty [Decrease scrolls of tissue inside nose]
  • Nasal valve procedure if required [Stop side wall of nose collapsing]

Improve Sleep

Improving sleep is a very common reason to have a functional rhinoplasty. Patients who notice that they have problems breathing through their nose at night and that the breathing fluctuates from side to side usually benefit from a functional rhinoplasty. A functional rhinoplasty will decrease the blocked nose as well as improve the strength of the side walls of the nose. The end result of the functional rhinoplasty is improving the ability to breathe through the nose at night, resulting in better sleep.

Improve Breathing

Having problems breathing through the nose is commonest reason for having a functional rhinoplasty. Functional rhinoplasty will strengthen the side walls of the nose as well as the tip of the nose. At the same time the scrolls of tissue called the turbinates are reduced inside the nose. As a result patients who have a functional rhinoplasty have a significant improvement in the breathing through their nose.

Dr Robinson has presented his results at the annual ENT conference for improving the breathing through the nose and demonstrated that all patients who he has performed a functional rhinoplasty on have had an improvement in the breathing through their nose.

Decrease Snoring

Snoring is a very common problem. Snoring can come from multiple sources; one of those is the nose. If you have a blocked nose and you snore then you may benefit from a functional rhinoplasty to improve your snoring.

A functional rhinoplasty improves the strength of the nose and the nasal airway. This in turn improves the streamlined airflow through the nose, which usually has the effect of improving the snoring.

Age related nasal obstruction

As we get older several forces combine to make a blocked nose develop. Gravitational forces and loss of skin elasticity have the following effect on the nose:

  • Tip of nose drops
  • Side walls collapse more easily
  • Cartilage holding nose up weakens and separates

These combined forces cause the very common problem of age related nasal obstruction. Dr Robinson finds that if you have age related nasal obstruction then the best way to improve this is through a functional rhinoplasty. Dr Robinson is presenting his results of age related nasal obstruction at the annual ENT meeting in 2015.

To discuss any of these conditions or procedures make an appointment with Dr Robinson

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