Saddle Nose Deformity Due to Nasal Decongestant Sprays or Steroid Nasal Sprays
Nasal decongestant sprays offer temporary relief from stuffy or congested noses caused by allergies, sinusitis or other issues. Unfortunately, the overuse of nasal sprays can be damaging to the nasal tissue. Long-term use of nasal sprays can lead to deteriorated nasal cartilage, resulting in a saddle nose deformity. Dr. Maurice Khosh is a highly skilled facial plastic surgeon in NYC that offers repairs for nasal spray-related saddle nose deformities.
Nasal decongestant sprays contain active ingredients that restrict blood vessels in the nose. While this can help with improving nasal breathing when there is congestion, most of these sprays are only meant to be used once or twice a day for 3-5 days. When used more often and for longer durations, those using these sprays can obtain rhinitis medicamentosa, a physical addiction to nasal spray. Users need to use the spray more often to maintain the same results. Over time, restricting the blood flow in the nose can lead to tissue damage, septum perforations and saddle nose deformities.
Repairing Nose Damage from Nasal Sprays
If long-term use of nasal decongestant sprays caused nasal structural damage, resulting in a saddle nose deformity, rhinoplasty may be a solution. Dr. Khosh is an expert in repairing saddle nose deformities, using the most advanced techniques to reconstruct the nose shape and restore function. Dr. Khosh may use cartilage grafts and other methods to restore the nasal bridge support. He will use his artistic skill to create a beautifully shaped nose. The results appear natural and give the patient back their self-confidence.
If you have a saddle nose deformity caused by the overuse of OTC or steroid nasal decongestant sprays, rhinoplasty or non-surgical treatments can restore the natural shape of your nose. Contact Dr. Khosh at his office in Manhattan to schedule a consultation to discuss repair options for your damaged nose.