Functional Rhinoplasty

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Functional Rhinoplasty in Fargo, ND

Rhinoplasty is not only used for aesthetic purposes–it’s for improving quality of life. A nose that is naturally contorted or collapsed in any way causes airways to be strained which can lead to many more problems. Not being able to breathe through the nose affects sleep, athletic ability, mood, and energy levels. Rhinoplasty techniques are necessary to straighten, enlarge, and reinforce the obstructed external nasal passages in order to create an unobstructed air passage between the nostril and throat.

When left untreated, symptoms can evolve to more serious chronic nasal dysfunction including insomnia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and even heart disease. Previous nasal fracture, deviated nasal septum, turbinate enlargement, and weakened structural support of the nose all contribute to problems with airflow and breathing through the nose.

If you experience chronic breathing difficulties due to structural abnormalities within the nose, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. with Dr. Adams today!

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3171 44th St S Suite 102, Fargo, ND 58104

FAQ: Functional Rhinoplasty

How do I know if I need rhinoplasty?
  • If you have problems breathing or your airway feels obstructed, you might be a good candidate for functional rhinoplasty. Other common symptoms are nasal congestion, dry mouth, lack of smell and mouth breathing at night.  

What is the process involved in rhinoplasty?
  • The procedure is essentially reshaping of the nose and/or correcting a deviated septum. (The nasal septum is a thin wall of bone and cartilage separates the right and left nostrils.) The procedure can include changing bone, cartilage, and/or skin. Surgery can be either open or closed.

What is “septoplasty”?
  • This is a procedure to merely straighten the septum. Sometimes the bone needs to be cut to get it into the right position, but not always.

How long will I be swollen or bruised?
  • Most bruising and swelling resolves in about 1-2 weeks but can take longer for all swelling to go away. If only internal work is performed (deviated septum repair or turbinate work), there will be no external bruising or swelling.

When can I go back to school/work?
  • Most of the swelling should start to go down after 3 days. Most people can return to work after a week.  

Is rhinoplasty painful?
  • All surgeries have some degree of discomfort. Nose jobs are not very painful, but there can be some tenderness or aches. 

Can I drive myself home after the rhinoplasty?
  • No. All patients will require someone to drive them home due to the effects of anesthesia and surgery.

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