Many people think that rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is strictly performed for cosmetic purposes. However, it is also performed for patients with certain medical needs. When rhinoplasty is performed as a medical necessity, it is considered reconstructive nose surgery (as opposed to cosmetic nose surgery to fix an aesthetic concern). Here, Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Ary Krau discusses the common medical issues that rhinoplasty can correct.
Dr. Krau performs rhinoplasty to correct certain congenital abnormalities, such as a cleft lip or cleft palate. Although the correction of a cleft lip or cleft palate does not always require rhinoplasty, sometimes it is necessary to reconstruct the tip of the nose when fixing these congenital defects.
Nose Injury or Trauma
The surgeon might also perform rhinoplasty to reconstruct the nose after an injury or trauma. Resetting a broken bone in the nose is a common scenario with reconstructive rhinoplasty. Or, the surgeon might need to reconstruct the nose after it has suffered severe burns; this might involve the use of cartilage and perhaps skin grafting techniques.
Many individuals who suffer from chronic breathing problems have a structural problem with their nose, such as a deviated septum. The septum is the cartilage inside the nose that separates the nostrils. Sometimes, the septum is misaligned or is not centered, causing difficulty breathing. Dr. Krau can correct a deviated septum with a form of rhinoplasty called septoplasty.
Recurring Sinus Infections
Dr. Krau also performs rhinoplasty to help patients with recurring sinus infections. Patients who suffer from recurring sinus infections often have structural irregularities that are blocking the nasal airway. Due to the impeded airflow within the nasal cavities, these patients have an increased risk of contracting sinus infections. Rhinoplasty can correct these types of structural issues.
More About Reconstructive Rhinoplasty
When rhinoplasty is performed out of medical necessity, some or all of the cost of the procedure might be covered by insurance. If you have had a nose injury, have a congenital nasal abnormality, have chronic breathing problems or suffer from recurring sinus infections, contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan will cover rhinoplasty.
In the meantime, visit Dr. Krau to learn more about how rhinoplasty can help correct your medical concern, so you can breathe easier.