Inside the nose nostrils, the nasal valves keep the front air passages open. When nasal valves collapse, the nasal passages are pinched shut, just like pinching your nose with your fingers. Nasal valves can close during sleep or with extreme exercise. This is why some athletes wear nasal strips. However, they do reopen. When there is permanent nasal valve collapse or damage, the nasal passages may be obstructed. Dr. Gary Linkov at City Facial Plastics offers nasal valve repairs, which are often included during a rhinoplasty revision or functional rhinoplasty.
The most common cause of nasal valve collapse is a previous rhinoplasty. In some cases, the cartilage of the nose is narrowed too much during a nose job and the valves collapse. Other causes of nasal valve dysfunction include trauma or a congenital defect. Regardless of the cause, the only permanent solution to open the nasal passages is through nose surgery. Internal or external stents are used for temporary relief, but repair through surgery will reopen the airways and improve respiratory function.
Rhinoplasty for Nasal Valve Collapse
The nasal valve is comprised of two parts, one at the tip of the nose and the other farther back in the internal portion. Depending on the extent of the damage to the nasal valves, rhinoplasty is used to repair either one or both portions. Often, cartilage grafting is needed to reconstruct the nose structure to support the nasal valve. This offers relief from breathing and sinus issues, as well as snoring and unhealthy mouth breathing.
Internal nose valve collapse can accompany other unfortunate issues from a poor nose job. Dr. Linkov will perform nasal valve repair and a revision rhinoplasty during the same procedure, giving you the function and form you desire.
If you have collapsed nasal valves, contact City Facial Plastics. We will schedule your consultation with Dr. Linkov to discuss options to give you relief and possibly improve the aesthetics of your nose.