Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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Nasal Breathing Disorders

We help you breathe easier.

Nasal airway obstruction and congestion may be the result of one or several anatomic blockages in the nose and is a common complaint among patients. Dr. Shipchandler is an expert at diagnosing nasal breathing disorders and creating the best treatment plan for patients to improve nasal breathing permanently. 

Many times patients don’t realize that the cause of their breathing problem is a crooked septum or nasal valve problem. That’s because the septum and nasal valve are well inside the nose and the problem is not visible on the outside. If you have a hard time breathing through the nose, ask your physician to examine the septum and nasal valve to see if you are a candidate for septoplasty or nasal valve repair.

Septoplasty and nasal valve repair (functional rhinoplasty) is a fairly brief outpatient procedure in which the surgeon straightens the septum by repositioning, trimming or replacing the cartilage or bone and uses the cartilage to widen the nasal airway on the inside of the nose. Dr. Shipchandler has completed specialized training in nasal surgery and has the experience that results in highly successful outcomes for patients.

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty to relieve nasal breathing disorders is a frequent procedure that we perform. Also known as nasal valve repair, functional rhinoplasty opens the nasal passages for easier breathing.

Surgeons use either an endo-nasal (inside the nose) approach or traditional open rhinoplasty to straighten and reshape the cartilage of the septum and increase airflow for better breathing. Think of it as having an internal Breathe Right® strip custom made for your nose. Functional rhinoplasty can completely change the way you breathe, but will not affect the shape or look of the outside of the nose.

Dr. Shipchandler has special training in nasal valve repair and enjoys success rates much higher than the national average. During functional rhinoplasty, or nasal valve repair, your nasal passages will be opened up so they remain open and are able to function correctly. This procedure uses your own cartilage from your nasal septum to build an internal support structure to open your nasal passageways permanently without changing the shape or look of your nose.

If you have trouble breathing through your nose, you may also suffer from a deviated or crooked septum. The septum is the bone and cartilage that divides the two nostrils. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to reposition the nasal septum in order to restore normal breathing.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty to reshape the outside of the nose can improve both the balance of a patient’s facial features and their self-esteem. For patients wishing to change the appearance of the external nose, our first and foremost goal is to preserve airflow for easy breathing. We use a variety of advanced techniques to help reshape the nose, including:

  • Removing bone from the bridge of the nose
  • Narrowing or refining the tip of the nose
  • Lengthening, shortening or reducing the size of the nose
  • Narrowing or widening the nose
  • Straightening the nose

For patients who want to improve both nasal breathing and the appearance of their nose, functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty can be completed at the same time. We will help determine the approach to rhinoplasty that is right for you. 

Additional Information for Patients

As with all surgical procedures, refrain from taking any aspirin or blood thinners before surgery.

In addition, after septoplasty or functional rhinoplasty, you will need to avoid contact sports and other activities that could result in injury to the nose while it heals.