The nose is a delicate part of the body, and any deformation or damage can easily cause breathing problems. Not being able to breathe through your nose can contribute to sleep problems, poor exercise, dry mouth and other symptoms. This problem can often be remedied with nasal valve reconstruction, also referred to as “functional rhinoplasty.”
To learn more about this treatment and whether you are a good candidate, we encourage you to visit Columbus Facial Plastics. Our practice is conveniently located in Columbus, OH, and we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
What is Nasal Obstruction?
Difficulty breathing through the nose can be caused by a deviated septum, nasal trauma, allergies, and previous septoplasty or rhinoplasty. Nasal valve collapse is an increasingly common type of nasal obstruction that is treated with surgery. If you have already been diagnosed with nasal valve collapse, then you may be a good candidate for nasal valve reconstruction or “functional rhinoplasty.” If you have not been diagnosed, Dr. Nogan can conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of the breathing problem and the best course of action.
Nasal Valve Reconstruction / Functional Rhinoplasty
Once Dr. Nogan has determined that surgery is the best option for you, we can schedule your procedure. When the nasal valves have collapsed, the appearance of the nose is often affected. Both the function and appearance of your nose can be improved during surgery.
What to Expect
Nasal valve reconstruction or functional rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you should refrain from eating or drinking anything the night before surgery. The surgery itself lasts for 1-2 hours, and our surgeon can prepare you for what to expect immediately after waking up from anesthesia. Dr. Nogan can perform this procedure with patients under local anesthesia in certain cases, and this is determined during your consultation.
Before you leave our practice, we can give you a prescription for pain medication if necessary. We can provide you with aftercare instructions, including anything related to wound care.
Any pain or bruising should rapidly improve during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. Improvement in breathing is usually noted during this same time frame. It is important to elevate your head while you sleep and apply ice packs as necessary to help speed up this process. We will give you specific instructions on how long you should avoid strenuous activity and how soon you can return to your normal daily activities.
How can skin care products help me?
Medical-grade skin care products, whether used as an adjunct to other procedures or as an initial step in improving skin health, help to improve your skin’s appearance and to rejuvenate healthy skin cells. Gels, creams, serums and exfoliators available for purchase have different purposes. It is important to use the regimen that is right for your skin type and lifestyle. We will help you define that regimen as part of your skin care consultation and treatment plan. Our Skin Care Director, Dina Maynard, frequently attends educational conferences all over the country. She is constantly studying and researching new product lines to be able to provide our patients in Columbus, Ohio with the best clinical skin care products available.
The Columbus Facial Plastics Difference:
We focus on the science of skin care. As a team, we value education and are constantly learning because we are passionate about what we do. Dr. Stephen Nogan actively participates in all treatment plans for new patients and with so many options available today, it is important to trust your face to a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Nogan, Director of Skin Care Dina Maynard ,and team work together to develop individual treatment plans that will address your concerns and meet your expectations. We use VISIA Skin Analysis to measure treatment results because skin care should not be subjective. We will help you feel confident that you are receiving the correct treatment and products to achieve your healthiest skin and the appearance that you want.
Schedule Your Consultation
Interested in learning more about your options for a renewed complexion? Contact us today at Columbus Facial Plastics to schedule a consultation!