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Revision Versus Functional Rhinoplasty

Woman's Profile After a Rhinoplasty San Francisco CA

When considering rhinoplasty there are a few things to remember when choosing which is right for you. In order to make the best decision it’s best to know the difference between revision rhinoplasty and functional rhinoplasty. These are the two most commonly confused surgeries when it comes to discussing rhinoplasty.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision Rhinoplasty refers to making changes to a rhinoplasty that you already had. You may be experiencing a functional difficulty due to your prior surgery. Or, you might possibly be dissatisfied with the aesthetic results of your surgery. In both of these instances, a change needs to happen. Revision rhinoplasty is considered one of the most difficult procedures in cosmetic plastic surgeries. The goal of a revision rhinoplasty is to improve on work that was previously performed.

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional Rhinoplasty is a nasal surgery that corrects specific anatomic issues that are negatively affecting your breathing. Most commonly, this has to do with the anatomy inside the nose in an area called the internal nasal valve. The need to functional rhinoplasty usually arises for two reasons. The first reason is due to an injury. Broken noses can cause breathing issues due a shift in the nasal passage. The second reason is the way your nose was formed from birth. For these reasons, your insurance will often cover the cost of functional rhinoplasty.

As you can see, the biggest difference between the two surgeries is that revision rhinoplasty is making improvements to an existing nose job. A functional rhinoplasty is performed due to difficulties with the function of your nose.

Dr. Ransom would love to discuss your rhinoplasty needs with you. He takes time to explain every aspect of your upcoming surgery and answer any question you might have before and after your rhinoplasty. Call his office today to book your appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Evan Ransom