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Functional Rhinoplasty Cleveland and Columbus

Functional Rhinoplasty Functional Rhinoplasty is a procedure that can be used to correct breathing difficulties, nasal obstruction, nasal congestion, enlarged inferior turbinate’s, deviated nasal septum’s and nasal deformities. In the case of a functional rhinoplasty, medical insurance will often pay for the procedure when mediations have failed to correct the issue.

Functional rhinoplasty can be performed by either closed procedures (incision made in the inside of the nose only) or open procedures (small incision placed on the outside of the nose). The surgical approach used is dependent on many factors to include the severity of the case, the degree of work necessary, if it’s a revision rhinoplasty and the patient’s desired outcome.

Dr. Parry, as both a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon and a residency trained otolaryngologist (ear nose throat surgeon), is exceptionally well trained and skilled in the correction of functional rhinoplasty cases.  Dr. Parry can often incorporate endoscopic sinus surgery, treatment of nasal allergies in additional to rhinoplasty and septoplasty in the correction of nasal breathing problems. A successful rhinoplasty is one that meets the realistic goals of the patient, and balances both cosmetic and functional aspects of the nose.

Functional Rhinoplasty Goals

  • Improve breathing though the nose
  • Decrease nasal congestion and obstruction
  • Repair deviated nasal septum and other anatomical deformities
  • Reshape a crooked nose that is leading to nasal obstruction
  • Decrease the incidence of sinus disease
  • Lessen the effects of allergic rhinitis
  • Improve snoring in some cases
  • Decrease headaches or facial pain
  • Improve the loss of smell


How much downtime can I expect?

The sutures are removed on post-operative day 4. The cast is removed post-operative day 7. Taping is used for additional 4 to 6 weeks to reduce swelling.

How much swelling and bruising?

Most patients will experience some swelling and bruising which can last from 3 to 14 days. Most of the swelling will be gone in the first week, however it can take 6 to 9 months for all the swelling to subside. The patient’s adherence to post-operative instructions will also have a direct impact. Most bruising can be temporarily camouflaged with make-up.

Will insurance pay for the procedure?

Most of the time after the patient has failed medical treatment for nasal obstruction and congestion, the insurance companies will pay for the surgical correction of the anatomic deformity, this can be determined during your initial consultation with Dr. Parry.

How much pain will I experience post-operative?

The post-operative pain is mild to moderate depending on the severity and surgical approach. Most patients only require over the counter pain relievers or mild prescription pain medications prescribed by Dr. Parry.

When can I go back to work or exercise?

Most patients can return to work in 5 to 7 days. To achieve the best results exercise should be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks. Dr. Parry will personalize a recovery schedule for each patient.

How long does a functional rhinoplasty take?

The time can range between 1 to 4 hours depending on the complexity of the case and the surgical approached used.

Have more questions?

During your consultation Dr. Parry will be able to discuss a Cleveland cosmetic rhinoplasty in greater detail. Contact us today to arrange for your Cleveland facial plastic surgery consultation.

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