What is Functional Rhinoplasty in Chicago? 

This surgery is customized based on your nasal anatomy and symptoms. The surgery addresses several potential problems affecting airflow, including:


This procedure corrects problems with the dividing bone and cartilage that separates your nasal passages. A “deviated septum” might have been present since childhood, or could be the result of trauma. With a deviated septum, one nasal passage can end up being much smaller than the other, affecting normal breathing.

Turbinate Reduction

The turbinates serve to clean and humidify the air moving from your nose into your lungs. The inner nose has a set of three turbinates on each side, which are bony structures, covered with soft tissue. The turbinates may be naturally larger than they should be or may become enlarged as a result of chronic inflammation/allergies, leading to breathing problems. The turbinates can be surgically reduced to improve airflow through your nose.

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Nasal Valve Repair

There are two regions of the nose that are referred to as the nasal valves (internal and external). Poor structural support or collapse in these areas can narrow the nasal passage and restrict normal airflow through the nose. Nasal valve repair can provide support to the nasal valve and improve nasal obstruction.

Nasal Polyp Removal

A polyp is a soft, noncancerous growth that can develop on the lining of your nasal passages. They are teardrop-shaped, hanging on the top of the nasal passages. These growths can be the result of chronic inflammation, asthma, allergies, and various other health conditions. Larger nasal polyps may need to be removed surgically to restore healthy breathing.

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Your Initial Consultation: Identifying the Problem is Step One.

The first step will be a full evaluation of your nose to determine the cause of your nasal obstruction. In some cases, the reason for your breathing issue can be quickly identified. In other cases, it may be necessary to look more deeply into the inner nose to identify problems with the nasal valve, the turbinates, or the presence of nasal polyps. After a detailed evaluation, Dr. Sulyman-Scott will thoroughly explain your treatment options and what to expect from your surgery. Your comfort is very important to us so Dr. Sulyman-Scott takes all the time necessary to answer all your questions and concerns. 

Healthy Breathing Matters.

Breathing disorders lead to many problems, including chronic sinusitis, excessive snoring, poor sleep, headaches, dry mouth, and others. Restoring healthy breathing with a functional rhinoplasty can prove to be a life-changing surgery.

If you have breathing problems, you deserve to find out why, from a medical professional who is an otolaryngologist like Dr. Sulyman-Scott.

She brings added skills to your procedure, as she is board-eligible both as an otolaryngologist and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

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Functional Rhinoplasty at its Best: That Face in Chicago

Dr. Sulyman-Scott is one of the few female African American plastic surgeons practicing in the USA. She is considered to be a member of the “new generation” of plastic surgeons – recently trained in the most advanced surgical techniques, and a master of both functional and cosmetic nasal surgery. Her techniques are meticulous and performed with precision. If you choose to undergo functional rhinoplasty, you also have the option to include cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time to refine the appearance of your nose.


A Smooth Recovery From Functional Rhinoplasty

You can expect about one to two weeks of downtime, with some swelling. Once the swelling resolves, you can finally experience healthy, unobstructed breathing. 

Your journey to better health begins at That Face in Chicago, where modern sophistication meets exceptional warmth and comfort. We are patient-focused, and your satisfaction with your experience and results is of utmost importance to us. Dr. Sulyman-Scott and our dedicated team will stay connected to you throughout your surgical process and recovery to ensure you receive the excellent care that you deserve. 

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Functional Rhinoplasty FAQ

Will health insurance help with functional rhinoplasty?

How is functional rhinoplasty different from cosmetic rhinoplasty?

How long do you have to wait to exercise after functional rhinoplasty?

Can functional rhinoplasty improve the appearance of the nose?

How long do improvements take after functional rhinoplasty?

Will health insurance help with functional rhinoplasty?

Because functional rhinoplasty is performed primarily to correct breathing problems, your health insurance may be willing to assist you with the cost. However, if you combine functional rhinoplasty with cosmetic rhinoplasty, insurance will typically only help with the functional portion of the procedure.

How is functional rhinoplasty different from cosmetic rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is performed with the goal of improving the appearance of the nose. Functional rhinoplasty, on the other hand, makes adjustments to the nose to alleviate breathing issues.

How long do you have to wait to exercise after functional rhinoplasty?

You should be able to resume light to moderate exercise approximately three or four weeks after your functional rhinoplasty. However, it’s advised that you wait at least six to eight weeks to partake in strenuous exercise.

Can functional rhinoplasty improve the appearance of the nose?

If you want to make changes to the appearance of your nose, you can choose to combine cosmetic rhinoplasty with your functional rhinoplasty procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Sulyman-Scott, she will talk with you about all of your treatment options for the procedure.

How long do improvements take after functional rhinoplasty?

Although every patient has a unique experience with functional rhinoplasty, it typically takes around six weeks to notice significant breathing improvements.

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