We all deal with nasal congestion at some point. We get a cold, or we have seasonal allergies, and that makes it difficult to breathe. For some people, however, difficulty breathing is a daily occurrence, thanks to physical abnormalities inside their nose. Nasal valve collapse is a common breathing disorder that can result in severe congestion, snoring, and mouth breathing.
Nasal valve collapse can be caused by any number of problems that you are born with or which develop over time. Without correction, breathing problems can lead to serious secondary health problems. With nasal airway surgery, you can avoid all that and – finally -- breathe freely. Nasal valve surgery can also be combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty.
What’s going on when you have Nasal Valve Collapse?
Your nose may look pretty simple on the outside, but the interior is a complex series of passageways and protrusions. For example, turbinates are tiny structures that form low ridges along the inside wall of your nose. If those in the lower part of the nostril become enlarged, that can restrict airflow. Sometimes, polyps can develop on the lining of your sinuses or airways. They are benign and painless, but if large enough, they can also restrict air flow. We can correct these problems surgically.
The bigger issue is nasal sidewall collapse
Basically, your nose is formed of two triangles, side by side. The base is fixed, the septum that runs up the center is fixed, but the sidewalls can move. Inhaling exerts negative force inside your nose. The narrower the space, the faster the air flow, which creates even more negative force. That causes the sides to fall inward, partially or fully closing the nostril.
Sidewalls can collapse due to weakening over time or as a result of surgery. Let’s say you have a deviated septum to the right, so you breathe out of the left nostril. That side has to work harder, so over time that sidewall weakens. Now you can’t breathe well on that side, either.
Nasal Valve Collapse Repair
Surgery to correct nasal valve collapse involves very careful re-sculpting of bone and/or cartilage and removal of other barriers such as polyps, to eliminate obstruction and restore normal airflow. Incisions are very small, placed so they are virtually undetectable once your post-operative recovery is complete. How long your surgery and recovery will take depends on the specifics of your procedure, especially if you are having cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time.
Although medical insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures, policies generally do cover medically necessary surgery such as nasal valve collapse repair, even if caused by a previous rhinoplasty. Check with your insurance company in advance, to be sure you understand the extent of coverage available to you.
Choose the right surgeon for Nasal Valve Collapse Repair
The surgeon you choose for your nasal valve repair will determine the result you can achieve. It takes exceptional skill and experience to effectively perform the intricate techniques used to repair nasal valve collapse.
Dr. Jeffrey Raval not only specializes in rhinoplasty and corrective nasal surgeries, they are his passion. He especially enjoys using his years of experience to reconstruct the airway and improve form at the same time, helping patients achieve a more beautiful nose that works better, too. Dr. Raval is double board certified and has been honored repeatedly for his surgical excellence as well as the personalized care he and his team give every patient.
Because your facial structure and conditions within your nose are unique, Dr. Raval individually tailors each surgical plan to achieve the best possible outcome.
Do not let breathing problems escalate
If you suffer from moderate to severe breathing problems, it is important to be evaluated by a medical professional. The symptoms you’re experiencing – difficult or painful breathing, ongoing lack of sleep, headaches, infections – are frustrating, and they can affect your daily living. They can also lead to broader, even more serious health problems. There is no reason to keep suffering.
Why not schedule a private consultation with Dr. Raval. You can meet him in person, he can diagnose the cause(s) of your airflow challenges, and he can recommend the best procedure or combination of procedures to permanently correct those problems. Ready now? Take a deep breath – through your nose. Ahhhhh.