Medical Reasons for Getting Rhinoplasty

Are you thinking about getting rhinoplasty surgery? Most of us typically associate getting a nose job with cosmetic reasons. However, in addition to cosmetic reasons, rhinoplasty surgery can also be used to address medical issues. In this case, the procedure is known as functional rhinoplasty.

The most prevalent medical reason for getting this procedure is to remove obstructions that are causing difficulty breathing through the nose. In some cases, rhinoplasty is even medically necessary.

Rhinoplasty performed for medical reasons may or may not be combined with other facial surgical procedures, both functional and cosmetic. However, not all patients undergoing functional rhinoplasty have cosmetic concerns.

Regardless of whether it is performed for functional or cosmetic reasons, this surgical procedure is always carried out by an experienced doctor specializing in plastic surgery.

Cosmetic Reasons

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is typically used to change the external appearance of the patient’s nose to ultimately enhance their overall facial aesthetic. Common cosmetic reasons patients have for getting a nose job include the following:

  • An undesirable external nose structure.
  • Straightening a crooked nose.
  • Smoothing a prominent bump on the bridge of the nose.
  • Narrowing a nose that is too wide for the face.
  • Reducing the size of a nose that is too large.
  • Reducing the length of an over-protruding nasal tip.
  • Refining the size of a bulbous nasal tip.

Contact us by phone or through our website to discuss booking a consultation for cosmetic rhinoplasty.

Medical Reasons

The main medical reason to undergo rhinoplasty is difficulty breathing through the nose. Breathing difficulties arise from airway obstructions that can result from a variety of issues. Rhinoplasty may be a medically necessary procedure for you if you suffer from such breathing problems.

The most common medical reasons for getting a nose job include:

  • A deviated nasal septum.
  • Cleft palate.
  • Cleft lip.
  • Nasal inflammation from chronic allergies, sinus infections, or abnormal hormone production.
  • Enlarged turbinates.
  • Nasal polyps.
  • Narrow nostrils.
  • An injury or trauma to the nose resulting in structural abnormalities.
  • Nasal valve collapse in one or both nostrils.


A common medical condition patients undergo rhinoplasty for is a deviated nasal septum. The surgical procedure used to correct a deviated septum is called septoplasty. When rhinoplasty is performed together with this type of plastic surgery, the medical procedure is known as septorhinoplasty.

During the septoplasty procedure, the surgeon will lift the skin covering the patient’s nose to reveal the internal anatomical structures. To fix the deviated septum, the surgeon will then move, reshape, or remove the cartilage and tissue of the septum.

Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip

Certain physiological and anatomical abnormalities can occur during development in the womb. When the tissue in the roof of the mouth fails to properly fuse together, it can cause a split in the roof of the mouth. This birth defect is known as a cleft palate.

When the split extends into the skin of the upper lip, this is known as a cleft lip. Depending on the severity, this medical condition can cause changes in the shape of the nose.

Cleft rhinoplasty is more complex than a typical nose job and involves more steps. For example, includes several medically related reasons for undergoing the procedure, including the following:

  • Reshaping the tip of the nose as it may be quite wide, uneven, or poorly defined.
  • Increasing the projection of the tip of the nose.
  • Changing the size, length, and/or shape of the nose as well as the nostrils.
  • Straightening a crooked nose and removing bumps or dips in the bridge.
  • Address difficulties breathing through the nose.

Inflammation of Internal Structures

The nose contains structures called nasal turbinates, or conchae. Turbinates are narrow passages in that nose that moisten and warm the air that passes through the airways of the nose. When these structures become inflamed, the swelling can obstruct the airways causing breathing problems. This condition – also known as turbinate hypertrophy – is a common cause of breathing difficulties and can be treated through rhinoplasty surgery.

Turbinates can become enlarged for several reasons. One reason is allergies. Patients that suffer from nose allergies can undergo a nose job to alleviate symptoms by treating common co-occuring conditions, like enlarged turbinates, polyps, and/or a deviated septum.

Chronic sinusitis can also cause swelling and inflammation. Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to treat sinus problems by widening the internal passages to increase airflow, remove scar tissue obstructing the airways of the nose, and treat other conditions related to sinusitis, like polyps and enlarged turbinates.

Many patients who get a nose job do so to remove noncancerous growths occurring in the tissue lining the airway of their noses, called polyps. While these growths are soft and painless, they can obstruct the airways causing breathing difficulties. Functional rhinoplasty can be used to treat polyps, which will also help alleviate symptoms associated with allergies and sinus problems.

Injury or Trauma to the Nose

Noses are often a common point of injury for many people. As such, a common reason for undergoing a nose job or revision rhinoplasty is to repair fractures of the nose. For the individuals, the overall goal of the procedure is for the surgeon to restore the patient’s nose to its appearance before the injury.

Nasal Valve Collapse

Plastic surgery procedures are also used to address airway obstructions caused by nasal valve collapse, or stenosis. When the narrow portion of the patient’s airway becomes to weak, it can collapse. This can occur on one or both sides of the nose. The affected individual may be unable to take in sufficient amounts of air. Rhinoplasty surgery is often medically necessary for patients suffering from this health condition.



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Because of this wealth of knowledge and passion for cosmetic surgery, he has lectured extensively around the world- particularly on the intricacies of primary, secondary rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty.
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Is Rhinoplasty Medically Necessary for Me?

If you suffer from any of the above issues, a nose job may be medically necessary for you. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brandon Kallman, can help determine whether this surgery is appropriate for you. Rhinoplasty for medical reasons does not require changes to the external appearance of the nose if the patient is happy with their facial appearance. If rhinoplasty is necessary for your health, you may be covered by your insurance provider. If you are interested in undergoing medical rhinoplasty, please contact us by phone or through our website to discuss booking a consultation with Dr. Kallman, our expert board certified plastic surgeon.

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If you choose to have your initial rhinoplasty consultation online, we’ll walk you through the process step by step. That includes providing a video of photo instructions. Additionally, we’ll use Mirror digital morphing simulation to show you a variety of personalized rhinoplasty options.

Once you’re scheduled for plastic surgery, we’ll arrange for you to visit with us safely and privately. At that time, you’ll receive professional photos, detailed procedure information and other preparatory paperwork. We require certain medical conditions, including bloodwork, to be completed before plastic surgery as well.

DR. BRANDON KALLMAN, Miami's Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Face Miami’s Dr. Brandon Kallman, MD. is Miami’s best rhinoplasty surgeon and revision rhinoplasty surgeon. He brings over 27 years of experience as an Aesthetic, Cosmetic, and Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to his prestigious practice. Miami men and women trust his extensive expertise in a diverse range of facial cosmetic procedures, and he’s renowned as a rhinoplasty specialist.

When choosing a board certified surgeon, it is important to select a doctor with skill and experience. Dr. Brandon Kallman is rated 5 stars on ratemd, healthgrade, vitals, and real self, can help you create a result that fits in with your other features and looks natural. He can also help you understand the benefits and limitations of your chosen procedure, so that you can make the decision that is right for you.