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Saddle Nose Deformity Due to Cocaine Use or Other Illicit Drugs

Snorting or inhaling illicit or recreational drugs through the nose offers a fast delivery of drugs to the blood stream. Sniffing drugs bypasses the digestive system, which slows down absorption and can destroy some of the drug properties. This method of illicit drug use is a common cause of damage to the respiratory system and the nasal structure. If cocaine and other illicit drugs are used intranasally and often, it can lead to a saddle nose deformity.

Most recreational drugs that are inhaled through the nose are in powder form. Cocaine, crushed opioid pills and other drugs can be inhaled through the nose, entering the bloodstream through the mucous membrane in the nasal passages. Not only can these drugs cause irritation to the nasal tissues, additives to the pills or powders can also cause damage to the nasal tissue. The short-term effects of snorting drugs are a runny nose and inflammation of the nasal lining. Repeated use of intranasal drugs over a longer period can cause deterioration of the nasal tissue, including:

  • Perforation of the septum
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Perforation of the palate (roof of the mouth)

The loss of cartilage and tissue in the nose structure from nasal drug use makes users prone to a saddle nose deformity. Once the cartilage is gone, only a surgical repair can reshape and restore the nose.

Repair for Drug-Use Nose Damage

For those who are reminded of the dangers of intranasal drug use every time they look in the mirror, there are solutions. Dr. Maurice Khosh specializes in performing saddle nose deformity repairs with rhinoplasty or non-surgical treatments. His expertise can help repair the damaged septum and nasal structure, restoring the shape of the nose bridge and improving nasal function.

If you are living with a saddle nose deformity caused by cocaine or other illicit drug use, contact the office of Dr. Khosh in NYC. We offer exceptional nasal reshaping and reconstruction to restore the form and function of your nose.

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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