Purpose of review: Understanding nasal form and function is critical in performing successful cosmetic rhinoplasty. Careful evaluation of the patient's nasal airway with identification of areas of existing or potential obstruction is important in avoiding potential pitfalls that may compromise nasal function following rhinoplasty. This article will review surgical techniques that can be utilized to preserve and improve nasal function during cosmetic rhinoplasty.
Recent findings: Recent literature on nasal functionality focuses on the management of the internal and external nasal valve as well as the nasal septum during rhinoplasty.
Summary: Successful cosmetic rhinoplasty requires a thorough preoperative analysis of both aesthetic and functional characteristics of the nose. Close attention should be paid to the internal and external nasal valves and nasal septum before and during surgery to preserve and improve nasal function following cosmetic rhinoplasty.