As discussed in previous blogs, many patients pursue rhinoplasty (nose surgery) for various cosmetic and reconstructive reasons. While each cosmetic rhinoplasty patient has individual aesthetic goals and needs, the majority of reconstructive rhinoplasty patients face similar functional problems that can be resolved with plastic surgery. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein has performed reconstructive rhinoplasty on different patients of various shapes, skin types, and conditions. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Burstein has resolved problems related to trauma to the nose and congenital disorders such as a cleft lip and palate or deviated septum that require surgery to restore nasal function and appearance.
One of the most common reasons for reconstructive rhinoplasty is repairing injury caused by trauma that alters nasal bone and cartilage structure. Nasal fractures are breaks or cracks in the bone over the bridge of the nose. Sometimes trauma may also cause cartilage to shift or scarring to form on the nasal septum. To perform this procedure, Dr. Burstein carefully realigns affected bones and/or cartilage to restore an open nasal passage and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Congenital disorders can also affect patients’ ability to breathe as well as aesthetic appearance. Cleft lip and palate deformities can affect the nose since cartilage is displaced in the separation of the lip and/or palate, or roof of the mouth. A deviated septum, or when the nose’s interior wall is misaligned, can be a congenital defect or a result from trauma or cancerous tumors that develop on the face. Deviated septums affect breathing and can cause congestion in patients. Another skin condition, rhinophyma, develops in severe cases of rosacea that causes the nose to swell and enlarge which can constrict nasal airways. Dr. Burstein uses specific techniques to address respiratory issues and restore the nose’s appearance as many congenital disorders can affect its original appearance.
Rhinoplasty, especially reconstructive rhinoplasty, is one of the most difficult and complex facial procedures so it is important to find a highly skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon. Typically, reconstructive rhinoplasty includes a combination of both functional and cosmetic aspects. If you are interested in a facial cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Follow Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates on facial plastic surgery.