The nose is made of cartilage and bone. The nasal bone, upper and lower lateral cartilages, nasal septum, and nasal spine contribute to the appearance, function, and support of your nose.
Functional rhinoplasty is performed to address the function of a nose. One of the most common reasons patients pursue this procedure with Dr. Isaacs is for breathing difficulties or after facial trauma.
Septoplasty for a Deviated Nasal Septum
The nasal septum is made up of both bone and cartilage. It divides the nasal airway into the right and left sides. It can be deviated or twisted from birth or due to trauma. As a result of this deviation, the space on one side of the nasal passage can be smaller or even blocked, compromising breathing and sometimes even smelling. A deviated nasal septum can also affect the cosmetic appearance of the nose, for example causing the nose to appear swayed to one side.
A septoplasty is sometimes required in order to appropriately address your problem. Dr. Isaacs is an expert at septoplasty and can remove, reshape, and replace the nasal septum. He also performs a modified septoplasty, sparing much of the manipulation that occurs with a traditional septoplasty.
The nasal turbinates are structures inside the nose that humidify air as it passes through the nose. These can sometimes enlarge and as a result obstruct the flow of air.
Surgery, such as turbinate reduction or partial resection, can be performed to decrease the size of the turbinates.