If you have the classic saddle nose deformity, there is a depression on the bridge of your nose due to reduced structural support. A damaged or deviated septum, broken nose, nasal valve collapse and other structural defects can result in this condition that may impact both your appearance and nasal function. If you just started noticing signs of a saddle nose appearance, you may wonder if it will stay the same or worsen over time – in most cases, your nose will likely become worse without saddle nose deformity repair.
The septal support for the bridge is the main concern when monitoring a saddle nose deformity. Some people may have minor damage that causes a slight saddle nose concavity on the bridge that may remain the same for many years. More severe or ongoing damage to the septal cartilage increases the likelihood that the nasal bridge will worsen over time. This can result in a nasal valve collapse, restricted breathing and eventual flattening of the nose or rotation of the nasal tip.
Early Stage Saddle Nose Correction
In the earlier stages of saddle nose development, a proactive repair can minimize the damage to the nose shape and function. As soon as a noticeable concavity is recognized, this is the best time to seek plastic surgery to restore the support for the nasal valves and bridge. Saddle nose deformity surgery is always complex, as it requires grafting and stabilization of the nasal structures, while still achieving the desired aesthetics and functionality. The earlier it can be performed, the better the outcome can be for the patient.
There are many different levels of saddle nose deformity. Some patients with severe cases may experience an almost immediate collapse of the nose bridge, while others may watch their nose deteriorate over several years or more. Any trauma to the nose can quickly change a slight deformity to a severe case, which is why proactive repair is recommended.
If you have signs of a saddle nose deformity, come see Dr. Maurice Khosh at Saddle Nose Repair Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Call our Manhattan, NY office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Khosh.