Functional Rhinoplasty

Besides Cosmetic Rhinoplasty, Dr. Dutton also performs Functional Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) to improve the function of the nasal airways and reconstruct any abnormalities or injuries of the nose. Of course, Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty can be performed simultaneously to improve both function and appearance of the nose. The outer shape of the nose can sometimes affect breathing, so reshaping may even be necessary in order to correct functional problems.

Dr. Dutton, founder and director of the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, is one of the foremost rhinoplasty surgeons and sinus surgery experts in the country and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on the subject. As former Chief of Rhinology/ Facial Plastic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, he has extensive specialty training and experience in even the most complex types of functional nasal surgery.

Dr. Dutton is well-versed in the latest surgical techniques for correcting a wide variety of issues that affect the nose. He is double-board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, and Chicago Laryngologic & Otologic Society.

Functional Rhinoplasty Benefits

Benefits of Functional Rhinoplasty

  • Reduce nasal congestion, dry mouth, mouth breathing, repeated sinus infections, and sinus headaches
  • Correct a deviated septum
  • Reduce nasal obstructions, such as enlarged turbinates
  • Improve sense of smell
  • Improve sleep apnea
  • Correct nasal valve collapse
  • Correct injuries and abnormalities of the nose

Read more about Sinus Surgery and Cosmetic Rhinoplasty.

The Functional Rhinoplasty Procedure

Functional Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized surgery. An expert in the field is required in order to provide you with a safe and optimal result. Dr. Dutton will evaluate your case and devise a surgical plan to improve breathing and health, as well as your appearance, if you choose.

Surgery for a deviated septum is called Nasal Septoplasty. Read more about it on our Sinus Surgery page.

Nasal turbinate surgery involves reducing the size of turbinates, which are a part of the mucous membrane anatomy within the nose. When they become enlarged, they obstruct breathing. Nasal polyp removal is another common procedure, as well as correction of nasal valve collapse.

Most of the time, incisions can be concealed in such a way that there are no or minimally visible scars. The majority of Functional Rhinoplasty procedures are on an outpatient basis, but it depends on your particular case. You may be under general anesthesia during your surgery or a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation.

Dr. Dutton will provide all of the details you need to fully understand your surgical plan and what you can expect during and after your surgery.

Turbinate surgery

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Dr. Dutton rarely, if ever, uses nasal packing. After your nasal surgery, Dr. Dutton may need to tape a nasal splint to your nose externally to support any altered bone and cartilage structures. In many cases, the internal nose is also splinted, although you can breathe through these splints, and they are removed within a week.

Stitches inside the nose will dissolve on their own. If any external incisions were necessary, Dr. Dutton will remove them as soon as possible after your surgery.

While most patients take 7-14 days off from work for the recovery period after functional rhinoplasty, you may require additional time if your procedure was particularly extensive. Bruising, soreness, and intermittent bleeding are to be expected for at least a week or two.

Dr. Dutton and his staff at the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago will give you detailed after-care instructions, and you will see him for follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing properly.

In the hands of Dr. Dutton, rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure. He has performed countless successful nasal surgeries using today’s most advanced techniques.

If you have chronic breathing problems, contact Dr. Dutton’s office today for Rhinoplasty in the Chicago / Oak Brook / DuPage County, Illinois area.

Relevant Articles on Functional Rhinoplasty:

The History of Rhinoplasty: Then and Now

New Technologies in Rhinoplasty Make Nasal Surgery Easier

Podcast with eHealth Radio—The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Rhinoplasty

Revision Rhinoplasty

Dr. Dutton’s New Technology Makes Sinus Surgery Recovery Easier

Minimally Invasive Rhinoplasty


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Contact Dr. Dutton for your functional rhinoplasty concerns, where he can look to improve the function of the nasal airways and reconstruct any abnormalities or injuries of the nose.

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