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
- 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.
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