Noncosmetic Reasons to Get Rhinoplasty

Plastic surgeons perform over 200,000 rhinoplasties each year in the U.S. While rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, many of the surgeries involve a variety of noncosmetic issues. In these cases, health insurance usually covers the surgery. 

Dr. Jeff Angobaldo, board-certified plastic surgeon with Renaissance Plastic Surgery, PLLC, in Plano, Texas, performs rhinoplasties routinely as a part of his practice. Whether the operation is for cosmetic or noncosmetic reasons, his goal is a pleasing nose that complements the rest of your face. If you need rhinoplasty as a result of a traumatic accident or birth defect, or simply want one because your nose is too large for your face, the procedure has the potential to transform the way you feel about yourself — for the better. 

Here are a number of reasons why rhinoplasty is done as a medical procedure rather than an optional surgery to improve your appearance. 

Breathing problems 

Do you have chronic sinus infections or trouble breathing because of a deviated septum or narrow nasal valves that don’t allow enough air into your nose? This problem is especially severe at night when you’re trying to sleep. 

The structure of your nose can contribute to sleep apnea, a dangerous condition in which your breathing is interrupted numerous times during the night. Rhinoplasty corrects the deviated septum or opens your narrow nasal valves as needed so you can finally get a good night’s sleep. The surgery may lessen your snoring or sleep apnea. 

Cleft lip or palate

If your child has a cleft lip or palate, a rhinoplasty can correct these disfiguring birth defects, in which one side of the nose appears very deflated. Dr. Angobaldo uses bone or cartilage grafts to give the nose structure and support. He shapes a pleasing and functional nose for your child. Your child doesn’t have to suffer disfigurement. 

Repair after a traumatic accident 

Did you trip over a curb and fall on your face, breaking your nose? Maybe you fell while playing your favorite sport. A broken nose is a common fracture among both children and adults. If left untreated, it can lead to sinus infections that may worsen with age. Dr. Angobaldo performs many rhinoplasties that result from trauma. 

Facial burns, if severe, may require rhinoplasty to provide function as well as symmetry and appropriate contour.  


Brain tumor surgery may use an endoscopic technique that goes through the nose. The surgery can result in damage, but rhinoplasty can correct it. Nasal cancer can also result in a need for rhinoplasty. 

Call Renaissance Plastic Surgery, PLLC today or book an appointment online for all of your cosmetic and functional needs for plastic surgery. 

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