Noses can look great, but function poorly – breathing issues, pain and discomfort are common complaints. Noses can also function great, with superb breathing and painless daily breathing, but look out of place – bumps, humps, asymmetry and size. You might be unhappy with the way it looks and the way it functions. For example, sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinus cavities behind the nose, is fairly common in the U.S. It affects about 37 million people, and can make it difficult to breathe or difficult for your nose to drain.
No one wants to feel as though they are congested all the time. Fortunately, there are ways to treat chronic sinusitis, including surgery, which help you breathe easier and enjoy your sense of smell and taste once again.
Dissatisfaction with the way the nose looks is also fairly common. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, rhinoplasty was the most popular surgical procedure for three years.
Suffering from sinusitis and being unhappy with your nose’s appearance doesn’t mean you have to undergo two separate procedures. Combining the surgeries, so that you end up with a nose that works better and looks better, all at once, offers a number of advantages over dividing the procedures into two separate parts.
Advantages of Combined Nasal Surgeries –- The Total Nose Approach
There are two major benefits of having two nasal surgeries performed at the same time. One big advantage is that it often costs a lot less than two separate procedures. When you decide to have sinus surgery and rhinoplasty together, you only have to book one room at a surgical center and one block of the surgeon’s time. Combined surgeries often take longer than a single procedure, but still take less time than two separate surgeries, so you save time.
Plus, when you combine the surgeries, you don’t have to go through the hassle of getting ready for the procedure twice. For example, you’ll only have to worry about not eating or drinking after a certain time of day once. You’ll also have to worry about receiving anesthesia or sedation just once, not on two separate occasions.
Combined procedures also means a combined recovery time. For example, after balloon sinuplasty, you’ll often need to take a day or two off from work. After rhinoplasty, it’s usually recommended that you take at least a week off. Having the surgeries done at once means you can take those days off concurrently, so you don’t have to worry about using up all your sick days or vacation time or about missing too much at work.
Surgery Options for Patients in Boca Raton and South Florida
If you’re looking to improve the look and function of your nose, you have a few options. Your surgeon might recommend sinus surgery and rhinoplasty, for example. In some cases, septorhinoplasty and sinus surgery might be a better options. During septorhinoplasty, the surgeon focuses on straightening and correcting a deviated septum and on shaping the nose.
Finding the Best Surgeon for Your Nose Surgery in South Florida
Choosing the right surgeon for a combined nasal surgery is an absolute must. While plenty of plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty, not all of them perform sinus procedures. Some surgeons focus on sinus surgeries or on procedures that improve the function of the nose, but not on purely cosmetic surgeries.
You want to find a surgeon who specializes in both types of surgery. Do your research before deciding on a doctor. Ask to speak to past patients who have had combined nasal surgeries, look at photographs of past patients, and find out more about the surgeon’s training and experience.
The nose is a complex structure, so you want a doctor who really understands it. During your consultation, the surgeon should look closely at your nose, examining its shape and size, the septum, or wall that divides the nasal cavities, and the interior structure of it, including the sinuses and turbinates. The surgeon should become very familiar with the nose before making any recommendations to you or starting surgery.
Not every surgeon offers surgery for both form and function. In Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Nathan Nachlas is one of the few surgeons to do so. Dr. Nachlas is nationally recognized as a nasal specialist. The majority of facial plastic surgeries he performs are nasal surgeries, and about half of those surgeries are combinations of sinus surgery and rhinoplasty.
To schedule a consultation call Sandy Friedman, director of patient relations for Dr. Nachlas, at (561) 939-0909. You can also reach us at drnachlas.com/contact-us.