What is the different between septorhinoplasty and functional rhinoplasty for crooked nose ?
Doctor Answers (5)
- They are generally the same thing
- A functional rhinopasty refers to changing the nose to make it breathe better
- A septorhinoplasty corrects a deviated septum, as well as changing the outside look of the nose
- As we straighten the nose, it usually corrects breathing problems at the same time
- Whether it is open or closed depends on your exam and your goals, we use the approach that better suits your goals
What is the difference between septorhinoplasty and functional rhinoplasty for crooked nose ?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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A rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic purposes to narrow or widen nasal bones, to narrow or widen the nasal tip, to shave a hump down, or any other changes to the nose. The rhinoplasty procedure must be paid for by the patient.
A functional rhinoplasty for a crooked nose involves osteotomies to the nasal bones and sometimes a spreader graft placed underneath the concave side. This is usually the result of a nasal fracture, which must be documented. The twisted nose and concave upper lateral cartilages must be causing nasal obstruction to consider it a medical necessity billed to a patient's insurance. Medical necessity must be documented at time of examination/ consultation and pre- authorization with your medical insurance is also performed prior to the surgery. For many examples of crooked nose repair our practice, please see the link below to our rhinoplasty photo gallery