What’s the Difference Between Functional Rhinoplasty and Aesthetic Rhinoplasty?

When you think of the word “rhinoplasty,” what immediately springs to mind? 

If you imagine a cosmetic procedure that addresses aesthetic nose issues – like bulbous tips, bumps, and size – you’re only half right!

Functional vs. Aesthetic Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty procedures are often used to address functional nasal issues, like those associated with previous nose injuries (deviated septums) or breathing problems.  For example, if you have sleep apnea as a result of an old nose break, a functional rhinoplasty procedure (also known as a medical rhinoplasty) can correct and repair structures within the nose to correct breathing problems.  A medical rhinoplasty procedure can also be referred to as a septorhinoplasty.

An aesthetic rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that seeks to address and correct issues that may bother the patient.  This type of nose surgery can fix:

  • A nose that’s too large for the face
  • A bump on the bridge
  • A wide nose
  • A drooping tip
  • Excessively flared nostrils
  • A crooked appearance
  • And more!

Many rhinoplasty candidates often wonder if there’s any real difference between the two procedures.  With this in mind, let’s examine the differences between these two procedures.

What Are the Main Differences?

The main difference lies in the approach to the surgery.  While a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure addresses purely aesthetic issues, the medical rhinoplasty procedure addresses structural issues are causing breathing problems.  In the latter case, some patients may find that their health insurance covers part or all of the cost of surgery.

Experience the Best Rhinoplasty at El Paso Plastic Surgery

Interested in undergoing either a functional or aesthetic rhinoplasty procedure?  Good news – right now, our rhinoplasty procedures start at $5,000! To learn more about functional rhinoplasty or aesthetic rhinoplasty – and which procedure is right for you – schedule a consultation at El Paso Plastic Surgery in El Paso, TX today.

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