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Functional nose surgery, known as functional rhinoplasty, has as its main goal the repair or correction of the nasal valves, or internal cartilage. The aim is to restore free breathing. However, a functional rhinoplasty offers the opportunity to improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose in the same surgery.

Functional vs. cosmetic nose surgery

Because Dr. Jacqueline and Dr. Elbert of the Cheng Plastic Surgery are double-board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Head and Neck surgery, they are experienced in the fine balance between nasal functionality and aesthetic structure.

Your ability to breathe through your nose easily may be limited by one nasal passage being too narrow or collapsed. You may be unhappy with a pinched-looking nasal bridge or tip. Our experienced doctors know how to optimize your functional breathing while also improving or retaining the essential aesthetics of facial balance and harmony.

Balance is everything

Unfortunately, not every doctor understands this in a practical sense. As a result, they may endeavor to create a more aesthetic nose and risk jeopardizing functionality. It is important that your surgery not only addresses breathing issues but increases the balance the symmetry of your face when needed.

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What is the procedure for a functional nose surgery?

  • First, we will examine your nose and its associated functions. This may involve some advanced imaging so that any obstructions or abnormalities can be clearly pinpointed.
  • Your consultation with the doctor will include a discussion about what was discovered and how to best resolve the issues. You may be shown what your new, corrected nose will look like on your face through video imaging. We will suggest several ways to do the procedure for the best cosmetic results.
  • You will be fully briefed on how to prepare for the surgery. These preparations are intended to shorten your recovery time and keep you as comfortable as possible during recovery.
  • Depending upon the type of surgery you receive, you may be given a local or general anesthesia. Either way, you will be comfortable during the procedure.
  • Your surgeon may perform your functional nose surgery through a small cut at the base of the nose or from within the nostrils. With either procedure, the nose can be reshaped to better fit your face.
  • You will be able to go home the same day as the surgery, with another person to drive you. Our professional medical team will ensure you are well informed of the simple but necessary steps you need to take for optimum healing. Most people feel far better after only a week even when the swelling is still receding.
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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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