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Syphilis Can Cause Saddle Nose Deformity. Plastic Surgery Can Repair It

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Syphilis is a prevalent and easily spread sexually-transmitted disease. It is a bacterial infection with numerous potential health implications, including lesions and ulcers that can cause nose damage. The lesions and ulcers attack the nose cartilage or tissue and weaken the nasal bridge support. The nose’s delicate tissues are vulnerable to infections like syphilis.

Like all bacterial infections, syphilis can impact many areas of the body and unfortunately, the face is one of them. However, medical professionals can cure the disease with antibiotics (penicillin), but the damage caused before treatment is permanent. Luckily, it is not irrevocable, because plastic surgery can repair it.

What is Saddle Nose?

Saddle nose deformity is when the nose bridge collapses, creating an abnormal shape. The nasal bridge is concave and looks like a saddle from the profile. Furthermore, the lack of support can turn the tip of the nose upward, creating a “pug” nose. The condition can dramatically alter the nose’s shape and cause functional breathing problems.

Syphilis and Nose Damage

Syphilis can go undetected for many people because the symptoms are very mild and easily ignored. The symptoms can also be easily misdiagnosed. The disease progresses when left untreated and may eventually cause saddle nose deformity in the tertiary phase.

Between 15% to 30% of people infected with syphilis develop tertiary syphilis. Saddle nose deformity is one of the later signs, including teeth deformities and deafness.

In addition, a mother can infect her child at birth. A child with congenital syphilis can have nasal cartilage damage that causes saddle nose deformity if the case is extreme.

Plastic Surgery Can Repair Saddle Nose Deformity

If this has happened to you later in life or at birth, do not worry. Although the damage is permanent, Dr. Maurice Khosh offers rhinoplasty for nasal deformities from syphilis at Saddle Nose Repair in NYC. He also offers non-surgical saddle nose repairs (injectable cosmetics) if the damage is not too severe.

Sometimes both rhinoplasty and injectables are needed to reduce the appearance of a collapsed nasal bridge and upturned nasal tip. Fortunately, Dr. Khosh is an expert on all types of saddle nose deformities and repair methods, surgical and non-surgical.

Contact our office to schedule your saddle nose repair consultation and discuss your options. Together we can select the best reshaping option to restore the natural shape of your nose so you can feel better and be happier about your appearance.

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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