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An Historical Perspective on Saddle Nose

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Saddle nose is a condition in which the bridge of the nose has collapsed, causing a loss of height and giving it a sunken look. The main cause of this condition is trauma to the nose, although there are other causes as well. This includes medical conditions like leprosy, congenital syphilis and relapsing polychondritis to name a few. Saddle nose can also be the result of drug abuse. The damage can be repaired with saddle nose rhinoplasty.

Ancient Rhinoplasty

Modern technological advances in medicine have contributed to the improvement of many medical procedures including rhinoplasty. What is interesting is that these advances have been built on a foundation established during ancient times.

About 30 centuries ago, diagnosis and treatment of nasal deformities was recorded on papyrus in Ancient Egypt. In 1862, a gentleman by the name of Edwin Smith purchased the document and it became known as The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus. This has been called the most important pre-Greek document in the history of science.

This historical scroll reveals the extent of the incredible medical knowledge of ancient Egyptians. Among that knowledge is the documented diagnosis of certain fractures, wounds, injuries, dislocations and tumors, including their prognosis and treatment. It also documents repair of saddle nose, although that term was not used in that era.

Documentation of nasal reconstruction also appears in the Sushruta Samhita, written around 800 BC. This important thesis on medicine is one of few surviving documents and has been considered to be a foundational aspect of Ayurveda, which is a traditional medicine system of the East.

Early Foundation of Today’s Nose Surgery

Tagliacozzi of Bologna, Italy, also documented nasal reconstruction in the 16th century. So far, this seems to be the last certain record of the art and science of rhinoplasty until the 19th century. In the 1840s, surgeons tackled the reconstruction of saddle nose. One such pioneer in the field was the German Surgeon Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach. Dr. Dieffenbach was a specialist in skin transplantation and plastic surgery. He is credited for establishing many of the techniques used today in rhinoplasty and maxillofacial surgery.

Saddle Nose Surgery Now

The nose is a very prominent feature of your face and a deformity like saddle nose can have a negative impact on your self-confidence as well as your appearance. Surgery to correct the scooped outlook of your nose can do wonders toward restoring your well-being. Discussing your options for repair is the first step in acquiring the nose you want to have.

Dr. Maurice Khosh has unparalleled expertise in rhinoplasty. He is dual board-certified in plastic surgery and masterful in creating outstanding results. Contact his office today to schedule your consultation.

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Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
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Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
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Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
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Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
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Frieda S.
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