Surgical Saddle Nose Deformity Repair (Cartilage Grafting – Major Deformity)
Severe saddle nose deformities are a result of anatomic changes to the nose structure. Nasal bone and cartilage have been damaged or lost, resulting in the collapse of the bridge and often a shortening of the nose and upturning of the nasal tip. To correct major saddle nose deformities, surgical intervention is needed. Dr. Maurice Khosh is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon who specializes in this complex type of nose reconstruction.
Rhinoplasty Versus Saddle Nose Surgery
Repairing a severe saddle nose deformity requires plastic surgery or rhinoplasty. However, saddle nose repairs are not a typical “nose job,” or rhinoplasty. Most rhinoplasty procedures are used to reduce size, remove a dorsal hump or create narrower nostrils. The nose only needs to be shaved or shaped into a different silhouette.
With a saddle nose deformity, the nose must be rebuilt. In many cases, the septum and upper/lower lateral cartilage that support the nose have been diminished. This is a much more complex process, requiring cartilage grafting to restore the support of the nose. This must be done before the shape can be addressed. Cartilage can be harvested from a rib or ear, then carefully shaped and grafted to restore the nose structure. If there is a breathing obstruction, stents may be needed. After the structure is restored, the aesthetics of the nose must be considered to create a balanced nose that looks natural.
Dr. Khosh enjoys the challenge of repairing saddle nose deformities and has achieved excellent results for his patients. While it is more difficult than conventional rhinoplasty, the difference it can make in the life of someone living with a saddle nose deformity is worth the extra effort.
If you have a severe saddle nose deformity, contact the office of Dr. Khosh in Manhattan to schedule a consultation. You will not find a better plastic surgeon in NYC for performing this complex procedure.