Functional vs Cosmetic Rhinoplasty | Jeffrey J. Lehman, M.D.

Functional vs Cosmetic Rhinoplasty | Jeffrey J. Lehman, M.D.

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(light piano music) – I’m Dr. Jeffrey Lehman, and I’m talking to you about rhinoplasty. Specifically at this
point, with the difference between functional and
cosmetic rhinoplasty. A functional rhinoplasty
addresses the nasal function or breathing, and that
is oftentimes combined with a septoplasty, as well, too, which corrects the wall
that divides the nose into two halves internally. So, that’s called a septo-rhinoplasty, when we do those things all together. A functional septo-rhinoplasty
can certainly affect, positively, the way the nose looks, as well, too, but our primary reason for doing it is because of a severe enough external nasal deformity that it significantly
affects breathing function. When we’re talking about
cosmetic rhinoplasty, a cosmetic rhinoplasty is done primarily to address the appearance of the nose, not necessarily resulting in
any improvement in breathing. Cosmetic rhinoplasty,
obviously is designed to make the nose look better. But there is often times an improvement in breathing that can occur with it. Although, the degree of improvement is not as much as with a functional
septo-rhinoplasty. (light piano music)

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