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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 office in Park City.

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 101 reviews
Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

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!