Breathing Obstruction Due to Saddle Nose Deformity
When there is substantial anatomic damage to the nasal structure, causing a saddle nose deformity, breathing function can be affected. With a nasal bridge collapse, the airway passages can be narrowed or blocked, resulting in breathing obstruction. Dr. Maurice Khosh is a dual board certified facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in nasal reconstruction and repair, including removing breathing obstructions caused by a saddle nose deformity.
When the nasal cartilage is lost or damaged, resulting in a collapse of the bridge, the dorsal height is diminished. The nasal passages are condensed, making it more difficult for breathing. Not everyone with a saddle nose deformity has a breathing obstruction, but it is common with more severe cases that involve the internal nasal valve. To restore normal breathing, the nasal passages and internal valve need to be opened. In many cases, this occurs as part of the bridge repair. The cartilage is strengthened with grafting, and the nasal passages are heightened. This can resolve breathing obstructions for many patients without additional repairs being needed.
Repairs for Severe Nasal Obstructions
In severe saddle nose deformities, the breathing obstruction may require specific repairs to widen and open the nasal passages. In addition to raising the bridge of the nose, the nasal passages can be widened with spreader grafts. This can allow for easier nasal breathing for those with tighter constrictions in the nasal cavity, restoring proper function of the nose and sinuses.
Dr. Khosh understands the nuances of various levels of saddle nose deformities and offers his expertise to restore the shape and function of the nose for his patients. If you have a saddle nose deformity with a breathing or sinus obstruction, contact the office of Dr. Khosh in New York City. We can schedule a consultation for you to discuss repair options with Dr. Khosh to improve the appearance and function of your nose.