Patients who need septoplasty— a procedure to correct breathing problems — often ask about getting rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, at the same time.

Is it possible to combine functional and cosmetic nasal surgery?

Here at Mobley MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we’re happy to report that the answer is yes, functional surgery and rhinoplasty can be performed during a single procedure.

Combined Functional & Cosmetic Nasal Surgery

Structural defects that inhibit breathing frequently affect the appearance of the nose. For example, a deviated septum or fracture can create a prominent bump or give the nose a crooked appearance.

Correcting structural issues within the nose to improve breathing can also improve the outward appearance, but this isn’t always the case. Combining functional surgery with rhinoplasty ensures that both issues are addressed.

Facial Plastic Surgeons Often Recommend Combined Nasal Surgery

The result of purely functional nasal surgery can improve the appearance of the nose, but since aesthetics aren’t the primary objective of the procedure, patients may not get the look they’re after.

The structures of the nose are interconnected, so making cosmetic enhancements through rhinoplasty at the same time as a functional nasal procedure is usually simple and straightforward. Often, rhinoplasty can be completed using the same incisions.

For patients already having surgery to breathe better, correcting cosmetic concerns during the procedure often makes sense. In fact, waiting to perform rhinoplasty can be problematic, as scar tissue can make a nose job more challenging. Plus, having two separate surgeries means undergoing anesthesia and the healing process twice and will increase the cost significantly.

Insurance Coverage & Out-of-Pocket Costs for Combined Nasal Surgery

Rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgeries aren’t typically covered by health insurance — but you’re probably covered for functional nasal surgery.

When you have combined rhinoplasty and septoplasty, insurance usually covers the functional components of the procedure. The patient pays for the cosmetic aspects. However, because insurance coverage varies, Dr. Mobley always recommends confirming the details of your policy before scheduling rhinoplasty with functional nasal surgery.

If you need septoplasty surgery, consider doing rhinoplasty at the same time. That way, you’ll enjoy both better breathing and a more pleasing appearance — and get all the healing done at once. For expert care from a nationally acclaimed authority on both functional and cosmetic nasal surgery, talk to Dr. Steven Mobley at Mobley MD Facial Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

More than half of Dr. Mobley’s functional surgery patients — many of whom travel from across the country (some from overseas!) for his unparalleled surgical skill and exceptional results — choose to combine the procedure with a cosmetic nose job. When you’re ready to discuss rhinoplasty or septoplasty, contact Mobley MD Facial Plastic Surgery and schedule a personal consultation.

NOTE: The information provided here is of a general nature and is not intended to substitute for personal advice from an experienced cosmetic surgeon.