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Recognizing the Early Signs of a Saddle Nose Deformity

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A saddle nose deformity can be a distressing condition that affects both the appearance and function of the nose. Recognizing the early signs of this deformity is crucial for seeking timely intervention and preventing further complications. At Saddle Nose Repair with Dr. Maurice Khosh, we want to shed light on early indicators of a saddle nose deformity and the importance of early intervention.

What is a Saddle Nose Deformity?

A saddle nose deformity, also known as a boxer’s nose or nasal collapse, occurs when the bridge of the nose collapses or flattens, resulting in a concave appearance resembling a saddle. This deformity can occur due to various factors, including trauma, congenital anomalies, nasal surgery complications or certain medical conditions such as granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s granulomatosis).

Saddle nose deformities often occur over time as the nasal structures weaken. Some of the signs of the formation of a saddle nose deformity include:

  • Nasal Obstruction: One of the earliest signs of a saddle nose deformity is nasal obstruction or difficulty breathing through the nose. As the nasal bridge collapses, it can lead to narrowing of the nasal airway, resulting in congestion, snoring, or difficulty breathing, particularly during physical activity or sleep.
  • Visible Changes in Nasal Shape: A saddle nose deformity may present as a visible depression or flattening of the nasal bridge, altering the overall shape and symmetry of the nose. This change in nasal contour may be more noticeable from certain angles or lighting conditions, leading to self-consciousness and dissatisfaction with one’s appearance.
  • Nasal Pain or Tenderness: Individuals with a saddle nose deformity may experience discomfort or tenderness along the nasal bridge, especially in the area where the collapse has occurred. This discomfort may be exacerbated by pressure or trauma to the nose, such as wearing glasses or applying nasal pressure.
  • Nasal Congestion or Discharge: Chronic nasal congestion or discharge may occur due to nasal obstruction caused by a saddle nose deformity. This congestion may be accompanied by other symptoms such as postnasal drip, sinus pressure, or recurrent sinus infections.
  • Nasal Whistling or Snoring: Changes in nasal airflow patterns due to a saddle nose deformity can lead to audible sounds such as whistling or snoring during breathing. These sounds may be more prominent when inhaling or exhaling through the nose, particularly when the nasal airway is narrowed.

Early recognition of the signs and symptoms of a saddle nose deformity is critical for seeking appropriate medical evaluation and intervention. Without prompt treatment, a saddle nose deformity can progress and lead to further complications, including worsening nasal obstruction, cosmetic deformity and functional impairment.

Dr. Maurice Khosh emphasizes the importance of early intervention for saddle nose deformity, offering advanced surgical techniques to restore nasal aesthetics and function. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in nasal reconstruction, Dr. Khosh utilizes state-of-the-art surgical approaches to address saddle nose deformities and achieve natural-looking results.

Seek Expert Care for Saddle Nose Repair

If you suspect you may have early signs of a saddle nose deformity or are experiencing nasal obstruction, discomfort or changes in nasal appearance, it is essential to seek evaluation by a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Maurice Khosh. With his expertise in saddle nose repair and nasal reconstruction, Dr. Khosh can develop a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns and restore nasal aesthetics and function. Do not let a saddle nose deformity affect your quality of life – schedule a consultation with Dr. Khosh today at Saddle Nose Repair in NYC and take the first step towards achieving a beautifully balanced and functional nose.

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


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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!
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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