Each year half a million people who want to improve the appearance and function of the nose visit a specialist. It is a fact that nothing plays a more important role in the appearance of the face than the size and shape of the nose. It is the most crucial element of the face, as it is the vertical axis around which the rest of the features are placed and a slight change can alter the appearance of the individual.
The normal respiration from the nose acquired after a successful functional rhinoplasty surgery helps the patient feel better and be more active, since he has a calm sleep, without snoring, without nightmares.
The interruption of breathing during sleep, known as “sleep apnea”, is successfully treated, avoiding thus the unpleasant effects on cardiovascular function. The crises of sinusitis and otitis are reduced, as the poor compatibility of the nasal cavities is often the basic cause.
Finally, good breathing from the nose leads to better function of the lower respiratory system as well. Furthermore, restoration of the aesthetic problems of the nose improves the patient’s mental health.
Success in Functional Rhinoplasty is based on the proper doctor and patient communication. Trust based on realistic expectations and proper medical experience guarantees a successful outcome. Key point in the aesthetic interventions in the nose is the conservative approach, which achieves:
Specialization in rhinosurgery permits in one single operation and by the same surgeon optimal functional restoration of the nose, along with its aesthetic improvement. The surgeon must place the problem in its real basis and explain to the patient what is right for him and what is not, so that the expectations for outcome to be realistic. He should not satisfy the patient’s wishes if he considers that they do not fit his face, nor should he borrow models from modern idols, since each face is unique, has its own structure and any surgical intervention ought to be planned based on this structure.
Each rhinosurgeon must have an artistic taste and an increased sense of lines and shapes. And, above all, for the successful outcome of the operation, he should be very well-trained, with a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the nose, since the material he works on is not canvas, or stone or metal, but living tissue, which follows certain rules of nature.
Rhinoplasty comprises nowadays 80% of the aesthetic operations of the face and is considered the hardest, if performed correctly in order for the nose to breathe normally and be aesthetically pleasing postoperatively. It is a painless surgery without postoperative complications, postoperative swelling and ecchymosis if performed by a skilled specialist. The patient returns to work after 6 days with immediate aesthetic and functional restoration of the nose.