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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
Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!

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!