How Does Dr. Sam Rizk Treat Internal/External Valve Collapse Or Stenosis?
Nasal valve collapse (also called stenosis) is a weakness or narrowness of the nasal valve, which is the narrowest part of the nasal airway. It can occur as a consequence of previous rhinoplasty procedures or due to trauma to the nose.
Our doctor may use any number of approaches to treat internal/external nasal valve collapse. Sometimes nasal valve collapse can be treated by lifting the cheek tissue on the side of nose that is obstructed. Nasal strips can also be helpful in some cases.
But in many cases, surgery is necessary to correct internal or external valve collapse. Our doctor will choose what type of procedure to perform based on the cause, the patient’s unique anatomy and other factors. For both internal and external nasal valve collapse, he often uses spreader and nasal batton grafts. Internal valve collapse is often treated by placing strips of cartilage in the area that has collapsed. In addition, cartilage may need to be reattached to the septum. Alar batten grafts are often used with the collapse occurred due to weakness in the nasal sidewall. In some cases, alar batten grafts are combined with septoplasty or septorhinoplasty.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rizk to learn more about treatments for stenosis.