Functional septo-rhinoplasty 

Functional rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct and/or reconstruct the nose primarily for functional complaints. This may be needed to straighten the nose, alter the tip or correct any dips or depressions on the bridge of the nose. In functional septorhinoplasty abnormalities inside the nose causing blockage are usually also corrected (as for example correct a deviated septum, reduce the size of nasal turbinates).

As the nose matures, loss of volume around the nasal base and changes in the elasticity of the skin and connective tissues may lead to descent of the nose over time. As the nasal tip falls, a hump along the nasal profile may be evident that was not observed at a younger age. The descended nasal tip may worsen the aged appearance of the nose but also often restricts nasal airflow.

Reconstruction of the nasal tip can serve to improve both nasal airflow and appearance. Often, in that situation simply lifting the nasal tip immediately improves nasal airflow. In that context patients can also use nasal devices like AIRMAX to improve their breathing.

These aims are achieved through a careful assessment of the individual before the operation. Each patient is evaluated systematically for nasal functional complaints, then examined by anterior rhinoscopy, by nasal endoscopy and then morphed using the 3D Vectra camera. Often further work-up is done using nasal imaging.

Depending on the underlying problem, your insurance may cover part or all of the costs tied to the intervention.


Functional septo-rhinoplasty

Duration of Treatment:

about 2–3 hours


general anaesthesia


2 nights stay

Follow-up Treatment:

regular post-operative visits

Fit for everyday life:

appr. 10 days

To be considered:

8 weeks without physical effort, around 2-3 months waiver of training



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