At our boutique practice in Columbus, Ohio, septoplasty (functional rhinoplasty) is one of our most popular procedures. As board-certified facial plastic surgeons and Otolaryngologists (a medical specialty focused on the ears, nose, and throat), Dr. Stephen P. Smith and Dr. Scott W. Smith provide aesthetic and functional rhinoplasty procedures.
At Smith Facial Plastics, we pride ourselves on patient safety and communication while striving to deliver the best functional Rhinoplasty results in Columbus. Below, you will find information about septoplasty surgery. If you’re interested in cosmetic rhinoplasty, please read our cosmetic rhinoplasty page.
To better understand if a functional rhinoplasty is the best procedure for you, it’s essential to understand the symptoms. If you have any of the following, you might be a good candidate for the procedure:
Nasal obstruction is the blockage of the nasal passage. It can be caused by several factors, including cold and flu, infection of the sinuses, allergic rhinitis, large and swollen nasal turbinates, a deviated septum, nasal cysts, and polyps. Many of these causes can be corrected using medication. In some cases, nasal obstruction surgery becomes necessary to restore or improve airway function.
Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery used to improve various aspects of the nose. While cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery aesthetically improves the nose, functional rhinoplasty surgery restores the function of the nose.
Functional rhinoplasty is commonly performed to resolve causes of nasal obstructions, including the following:
Deviated Septum: The septum is the piece of cartilage that divides the right and left nostrils. When the septum is crooked, misaligned, or off-center, sinus infections and nasal congestion can occur. It can also cause nosebleeds and headaches. Septoplasty, a type of rhinoplasty, realigns the septum and clears the blocked nasal passages.
Enlargement of the Turbinates(Turbinate Hypertrophy): The three shelves of bone in the outer wall of the nasal cavity are called the nasal turbinates. Turbinates help to warm, filter and moisten the air that we breathe. If any of the turbinates develop internal air pockets, it causes them to swell and obstruct the airways. Rhinoplasty surgery is carried out for turbinate reduction to improve nasal obstruction.
Nasal Polyps: These are benign tissue growths that usually develop inside the nasal cavities or sinuses. The symptoms of nasal polyps include a stuffy, runny nose and a reduced sense of smell, and they are identical to those of the common cold. Unlike the common cold, however, nasal polyps do not go away without proper treatment. While smaller polyps can be treated with medication, rhinoplasty surgery is needed for larger ones.
Nasal Valve Collapse: The nasal valve is the narrowest part of the nasal airway and remains open during nasal breathing. A nasal valve collapse is a common cause of external airway obstruction, primarily due to an injury. A nasal valve collapse is corrected by performing rhinoplasty.
The cost of functional Rhinoplasty in Columbus is discussed in person with one of our esteemed facial plastic surgeons. The surgeons and team will explain the procedure, provide their recommendations, discuss insurances, and give you a full breakdown of the associated costs.
Because each patient varies in their anatomy, Doctors Stephen P. Smith and Dr. Scott W. Smith offer customized procedures to correct the nasal obstruction. If you are suffering from these issues, contact us today to book a consultation to speak to our team members.
In many cases, the procedure is covered by insurance. It will depend on the type of surgery performed and the reason for it. The best way to get the most accurate cost and decide if this procedure is right for you is to book a consultation.
On average, the procedure will take between 1-4 hours to perform. The surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, allowing you to rest and recuperate from the comfort of your own home.
Our surgeons at Smith Facial Plastics are highly qualified to treat both cosmetic and functional procedures. If you’re interested in functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty, you can have them performed simultaneously and trust that you are in good hands.