Nasal Valve Repair
The nasal valve is the narrowest point of the nasal passage and is often the primary cause of airway resistance. The nasal valve is formed by the nasal septum, the inferior turbinate and the sidewall of the nostril. This triangular passageway grows or shrinks and can even collapse from an injury or other condition. A collapsed or constricted nasal valve creates breathing difficulties that often must be corrected with nose surgery.
Patients with nasal valve obstructions may be first treated with medications to reduce swelling or minimally invasive procedures to stretch/open the nasal valve during breathing. However, when the nasal sidewall collapses inward and restricts or obstructs breathing, nasal valve repair surgery is then indicated. Dr. Eric Cerrati can perform this type of rhinoplasty repair in his offices in Salt Lake City and South Jordan.
Surgery for Damaged or Collapsed Nasal Structures
The weakness in the nasal cartilage that allows a nasal valve collapse can be genetic or the result of trauma or a previous rhinoplasty. In any case, the cartilage is too weak to support the nasal valve during the stresses of normal breathing, and so it must be strengthened. Dr. Cerrati can use a variety of techniques to open the valve and strengthen the necessary structures. They include using a piece of your cartilage from elsewhere on your body and special suturing techniques that help to hold open the nasal valve while it heals.
Nasal valve repair surgery can take between 1-3 hours, depending on the repairs necessary. Some swelling and bruising post-surgery are normal but should subside in a few days. Within two weeks, your face and nose should appear normal. Dr. Cerrati can explain more about the procedure and your expected recovery in a confidential consultation in his office. Call or message him online to schedule an appointment today.