While aesthetics are often the reason patients seek out Dr. Khosh for saddle nose deformity repair, it is not the only reason. Many individuals with a pug or saddle nose deformity also experience breathing problems from their condition. Severe collapse of the nasal bridge can close off the nasal passages, which can result in multiple health concerns and breathing complications. If you have a saddle nose deformity that is blocking your nasal passages, you could face serious health problems.
Nasal Obstruction Complications
Not everyone with a saddle nose deformity will experience a nasal obstruction. It is when the nasal valves are severely damaged that the nasal passage can become blocked. This can restrict airflow through the nose, which can result in a myriad of breathing problems. Some of the health complications that can accompany saddle nose deformities with nasal obstruction include:
- Chronic sinus problems
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Whistling noise with nasal breathing
Nasal obstruction from saddle nose deformities can interfere with sleep. If sleep apnea or other breathing problems occur, they can reduce quality of sleep and impact other aspects of the person’s health. Poor breathing while sleeping (sleep apnea) can result in high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, fatigue, cognitive impairment, stroke and other serious health problems.
Treatment for Saddle Nose Breathing Issues
Repairing a saddle nose deformity can be complex, especially for patients with breathing complications. The nasal valves may require opening and repair, as well as reshaping the structure and appearance of the nose. Many individuals with severe saddle nose deformity and nasal obstructions will require a cartilage graft to rebuild their nasal walls and bridge to open their nasal passages. This can add height to the nasal bridge and strengthen the nose structure. Spreader grafts may also be used to widen the nasal passages to improve breathing.
Dr. Maurice Khosh specializes in repairing saddle nose deformities, both for function and aesthetic concerns. If you have breathing complications caused by your nose deformity, contact our office in Manhattan. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Khosh to discuss restoring the shape and structure of your nose for better health and a more attractive appearance.