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Invited Commentary
Mar/Apr 2016

The Nasal Valve—Not Just for Functional Surgery Anymore

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Facial Plastic Surgery, University of Wisconsin–Madison
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(2):135. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.1967

In the teaching of rhinoplasty, we have long held the notion that we must divide nasal surgery into functional and cosmetic types. For many years, the lack of attention to the functional aspect of nasal surgery led to failures that affected form and function.1 We now know that no cosmetic rhinoplasty should harm nasal breathing, and no functional rhinoplasty need make the nose less attractive. The busy and skilled rhinoplasty surgeon now considers breathing and nasal beauty to be key parts of the surgery for each patient.

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