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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.

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Based on 32 reviews
Justin G.

Dr. Cerrati is AMAZING at what he does! He is very professional, personable, and always makes sure you are comfortable during your procedures. After seeing 3 other physicians and having procedures done to help open my nasal passages, Dr. Cerrati came up with a different solution that actually worked. He is very meticulous and precise with all of his work and my facial injections were nearly painless. He does great work, I highly recommend!

Dustee L.

Dr. Cerrati, Nani and the entire staff made my day today! I put my wallet on the hood of my car and drove off with it there on my way to my appointment this morning. By the time I realized what I had done my wallet was long gone. I ended up being 20 minutes late for my appointment (which I absolutely hate) and the staff was nothing but understanding and so so nice when I told them what happened. It was my first experience in the office but absolutely not my last! Not only am I impressed with the way I was treated but they did an amazing job!! My appointment was short and sweet with a job well done and I couldn't help but leave with happy tears in my eyes. Kind people are the best!!!

Hunter G.

Dr. Cerrati is absolutely amazing! I was so happy with my fillers that I received. Definitely will be returning to him again! I trust him and recommended him 100% to all my family and friends. He always does his best to make sure his patients come out with the best possible outcome!

Cara T.

I had rhinoplasty with Dr. Cerrati. From my initial consultation though my follow ups, Dr. Cerrati listened to me. I got the exact result I had hoped for which was quite subtle. My recovery was way better than I expected. I needed one pain pill and was not in much pain at all. His MA came into the office on Xmas Eve to remove my cast so I could be out and about without a cast. I also had very little bruising. His staff is awesome. Haley was so responsive in helping me to schedule surgery. She actually responded to my email at 6:15 am and answered every inquiry I had. I had a nosebleed unrelated to my surgery and Dr. Cerrati made sure to squeeze me in on one of surgery dates just to make sure everything was okay. He is calm, knowledgeable and skilled. I was completely at ease throughout the process. I researched thoroughly before choosing him. I liked that he is younger with updated techniques and that he specializes in facial surgery. Highly recommend.

Brittany H.

I came to see Dr. Cerrati after having a total Thyroidectomy earlier this year. The surgery didn't go as planned and I had to have a few other emergency surgeries right after. The scarring from all the surgeries didn't look very good and I had some tethering underneath that needed to be taken care of. Dr. Cerrati was great about explaining everything that would be done to remove the scar tissue and reclose the skin. I also had lots of anxiety about having another surgery since I had such a bad experience last time. Dr. Cerrati and the staff were very understanding and accommodating about my anxiety. I am very pleased with the way my scar looks now. I am confident that the scar will fade considerably and it will hardly be noticeable. I do feel like there were some communication issues when I would call in but I believe that it was not the doctor's fault and that it was more overall staffing issues. Just make sure you talk to the right people and get the phone numbers for his nurse and then all will go great!

Laurie S.

Dr. Cerrati and his staff are amazing!! They made me feel so comfortable from the start of my appointment. I can already see the results of my Botox and love it!! I definitely recommend him to all my friends!!