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Saddle Nose Deformity Caused by Overuse of Nasal Spray

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When a stuffy nose strikes, nasal spray can be a blessing. Many believe that since you can purchase these medications without a prescription, they are safe to use and will pose no complications. But that is not the case.

When you have a stuffy or runny nose due to allergies, sinusitis or another condition, a nasal decongestant spray can help temporarily. However, using nasal sprays excessively and repeatedly over time can cause the cartilage in your nose to deteriorate, leaving you with a saddle nose deformity. If this has happened to you, expert New York City facial plastic surgeon Dr. Maurice Khosh can help.

Nasal Spray “Addiction” is Common

Overuse is quite common. Half of the 895 people who participated in a study about nasal congestion in 2014 were found to have misused their medication. As a result, one may experience swelling and persistent stuffiness, both of which may lead to excessive spray use. Unfortunately, “addiction” to nasal spray can cause permanent damage to the nasal lining.

How Nasal Spray Works

Active ingredients in nasal decongestant sprays narrow blood vessels in the nose, reducing congestion. However, most of these sprays are only meant to be used once or twice a day for three to five days.
Those who use these sprays more frequently and for extended periods may develop rhinitis medicamentosa, a physical dependence on nasal sprays (addiction). In such cases, repeated applications are required to keep up with the same results as when first using the spray. Nasal tissue damage, saddle nose and a perforated septum are all possible outcomes.

Correcting Saddle Nose Deformity Caused by Nasal Sprays in New York

Saddle nose deformity can be corrected with rhinoplasty if long-term use of nasal decongestant sprays has damaged your nasal structures. Dr. Khosh is a renowned specialist in treating saddle nose deformities, and he employs only the most cutting-edge methods for reshaping and restoring the form and function of the nose. For instance, Dr. Khosh may use cartilage grafts or other techniques to strengthen the nasal bridge.

Whichever method is required, Dr. Khosh can repair your nose using his experience and artistic abilities. As a result, all his patients regain confidence because the outcome is incredible and looks natural. Call our Manhattan office today to schedule an appointment.

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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