The inner nose has valves that help keep the nasal passages open to allow airflow and breathing. If these valves are damaged, it can restrict airflow and also change the appearance of the nose. There are internal and external nasal valves that can be damaged, requiring the expertise of an experienced facial plastic surgeon to correct the form and function of the nose. Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, offers nasal valve repair with septoplasty or revision rhinoplasty at his offices in NYC and Staten Island.
The internal nasal valves are located at the top and narrowest area of the nose. These valves ensure airflow is allowed through the area at the top of the bridge. If the cartilage is damaged from injury or collapses from a poorly performed rhinoplasty, the airway can be restricted, and it can change the appearance of the nose.
The external nasal valves are located in the nostrils and allow the flare of the nostrils. When there is a collapse of the external nasal valves, the nostrils may look pinched, or the tip of the nose can droop. External nasal valve issues are most often caused by a previous rhinoplasty but can also be a side effect of aging.
Surgical Repair for Nasal Repair
If either set of nasal valves have collapsed due to a previous rhinoplasty, affecting the appearance or function of the nose, revision rhinoplasty may be needed. If the damage was caused by trauma or aging, nose surgery still can be required. For internal nasal valve repairs, Dr. Rosenberg may use spreader grafts to open the valves, or septoplasty may be required. External nasal valve repairs are performed as a part of a rhinoplasty surgery to give the nostrils and lower nasal passages improved support and shape for appearance and air flow.
If you have trouble breathing or are unhappy with the appearance of your nose due to damaged nasal valves, contact Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, to discuss your repair options.