Nasal Valve Collapse Repair
When the valves of the nose collapse and fail to function correctly, health may be negatively impacted due to inadequate airflow through the nose. In this case, your doctor may recommend that you undergo surgery to correct the problem. This type of surgery is commonly referred to as nasal valve collapse repair and can be performed to correct the internal or external nasal valves. Nasal valve collapse may also be referred to as nasal stenosis.
Internal Nasal Valve Repair
The internal nasal valve is located at the narrowest part of the inner nose, towards the top of the nasal bridge. The internal valve may become damaged as a result of nose trauma, such as an accident or sports injury. Another common cause is a previous rhinoplasty, particularly in closed rhinoplasty. In these cases, crucial support cartilage is no longer able to hold the valves of the nose open, restricting airflow through the nose. Not only can this cause breathing problems, but it can also result in visible cosmetic deformitsies.
There are many techniques that may be used to repair a collapsed internal valve. Our New York plastic surgeon will determine which technique can best address your problem after your initial consultation. Most often, spreader grafts are used to widen the area around the valves, thereby restoring proper shape and providing adequate support to the nose. In certain cases, additional procedures, such as a septoplasty or turbinoplasty, will be performed to ensure full repair of the collapsed internal valve.
External Nasal Valve Repair
The external valves of the nose are found at the base of the nose just inside the nostrils. Patients with collapsed external valves commonly have narrow nostrils or a projecting nasal tip. Collapsed external valves are commonly caused by a prior rhinoplasty in which the revisions caused a weakening of the internal side walls or resulted in a sagging tip. Some people experience collapsed external valves due to the aging process, which cases the nasal tip to elongate and droop, impeding airflow through the nostrils.
The most common treatment for external valve stenosis is rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty to correct collapsed external valves should only be performed by a surgeon who is highly experienced in addressing valve collapse, such as Dr. Rizk in NYC. During rhinoplasty to correct external stenosis, batten grafts are commonly placed to widen the external valves and support the nasal walls. External valve repair surgery is able to greatly improve airflow through the nose and correct cosmetic defects associated with external valve collapse.
Internal and external valve collapse is a medical problem, so valve repair surgery is often covered by medical insurance. If you require nasal valve surgery, it is important to work with a surgeon is experienced in treating your specific type of valve collapse. Our New York plastic surgeon is highly skilled in correcting both forms of nasal stenosis. Through this surgery, you can regain proper nasal function and address any deformities caused by collapsed valves.
Written by Dr. Sam Rizk