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Nasal Breathing Obstruction Caused by Saddle Nose Deformity

Woman's Nose After Rhinoplasty

Nasal obstruction is a common complaint among people of all ages, yet this irritation is not always diagnosed properly. Many people feel that they have an on-going sinus infection, continuously taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to alleviate their symptoms. Children who continually suffer from nasal obstruction often grow up believing that their congestion is “normal” because it has always been their normal. Yet, adults who begin suffering from nasal breathing obstruction know the difference between clear, regular breathing and the unpleasant feelings of nasal obstruction. Parents of children with constant nasal blockage and adults who suffer from nasal breathing obstruction are often surprised to learn that the cause is a saddle nose deformity.

When there is substantial anatomic damage or deformity to the nasal structure, a saddle nose deformity can limit a person’s breathing ability. A complete nasal examination and a thorough history of the nasal functions will determine whether a saddle nose deformity is contributing to the airway, sinus, or nasal blockage. Dr. Maurice Khosh will examine the nose from the outside to identify any asymmetries or irregular anatomic identifiers that suggest a saddle nose deformity. Dr. Khosh will also do an internal exam of the nose to examine the nasal passage and septum. Sometimes during an internal exam, an obtrusive mass or lesion will be discovered as the cause of a person’s breathing obstruction; in this instance, a surgical procedure to remove the mass will be discussed. Dr. Khosh is a renowned surgeon in nasal surgeries, and his expertise will help to determine the specific cause of any breathing obstruction.

If, after both an external and internal examination are complete, it is determined that the cause of nasal breathing obstruction is caused by a saddle nose deformity, Dr. Khosh will proceed with a very specified surgery. A saddle nose deformity caused by injury, drug use, or septum perforations makes it difficult for a person to breathe clearly through the nose. The airway is often blocked by the obstruction of the nasal bridge which has collapsed. Any time the nasal passageway is restricted, it is difficult to inhale and exhale through the nose. In severe cases, the internal nasal valve can completely cut off airflow through the nasal cavity, making it impossible for a person to breathe through the nose.

Along with the lessened ability (or complete inability) to breathe through the nasal passageway, a saddle nose deformity can also cause trauma to a person’s self-esteem. A saddle nose deformity is often very recognizable in appearance. With the collapse of the bridge of the nose, the dorsal height is diminished – often giving the nose the appearance of “falling in” or “sinking in” to the face.

Dr. Maurice Khosh has the expertise to restore the shape and function of the nose to patients of all ages. His expertise in the area of saddle nose deformities sets him apart from other cosmetic surgeons who focus generally on aesthetics. Contact the office of Dr. Khosh to schedule a consultation to discuss evaluation and repair options to alleviate your nasal breathing obstruction.

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 55 reviews

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!
Jackie C.
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
Kaitlin M.
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.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
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.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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