It’s odd to think that surgery to make aesthetic changes to your nose could lead to a different type of nasal problem. But, in certain cases, rhinoplasty can cause nasal valve collapse. That can lead to breathing difficulties. While that may be disappointing, we can fully restore your ability to breathe normally and comfortably.
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 surgery is a common procedure we do at Raval Facial Aesthetics that can do wonders to correct breathing problems. Often, we have patients ask if they can also have some cosmetic changes done to their nose at the same time as their nasal valve surgery - essentially asking if they can have their nasal valve repair and Rhinoplasty done at the same time. We’re happy to say the answer is yes!
You’ve decided to have nasal valve surgery. The thought of finally being able to breathe normally excites you, but you may still feel a bit anxious about the surgery itself. That’s perfectly natural, but knowing how to prepare – for the procedure and for your recovery afterward -- will give you confidence and peace of mind. That way, you can focus on the exciting part – the results.
Snoring. Snuffling. If you can’t breathe normally or get a good night’s sleep, you could have a deviated septum, but you could also be suffering from nasal valve collapse. This is a common, but less well-known, cause of breathing problems. Nasal valve collapse, or vestibular stenosis, can affect just one side of the nose, or both sides. It can be corrected surgically, to restore normal breathing.
When you hear “nose job,” most people think of cosmetic surgery that changes the shape of your nose. But nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, can also correct internal structural problems so you can breathe better. Nasal valve surgery can be combined with a cosmetic procedure, if desired, achieving two goals at once.
You have to breathe in order to live. The inability to breathe easily can cause ongoing discomfort and frustration, and it can rob you of sleep. While everyone experiences nasal congestion from time to time, for some people it is a chronic problem. One common cause of chronic airway obstruction is nasal valve collapse, yet doctors sometimes overlook it when diagnosing sinus issues.
From patient references and before-and after-portfolios, you have heard and seen the benefits of your procedure. Investigate the surgeon’s commitment to your aesthetic, breathing, and overall health by seeing how they present risks of a Rhinoplasty procedure. If a surgeon answers to your concerns by listing only the physical risks of the procedure, this will probably not satisfy you. And, it shouldn’t. Through your own research, you probably already know the physical risks of nasal procedures. In truth, risks can begin well before your physical surgery depending on what you expect from the outcome and recovery.
If a doctor’s certifications, trainings, and honors impress you, you will want to ask during your rhinoplasty consultation how long they have performed rhinoplasty procedures. Don’t assume that a greater more years or patients always means a better the procedure, healing process, and outcome. The best outcomes result from consistent practice. For rhinoplasty—the most complex, popular, and misunderstood of facial surgeries—a consistent practice is one in which the surgeon values each surgery, evaluates each outcome, and learns from each patient.
“Like congestion from an allergy or cold, some people might view all nasal breathing problems as temporary—some are, many require specialized surgery.” As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ENT (Otolarnyngologist) dedicated to long-term results, Dr. Raval wants prospective patients with persistent breathing difficulty to be informed: “There many nasal-specific causes, but few adequately trained surgeons that a patient can identify to help solve the problem and improve their life.” One of the most common causes is from a phenomenon many people have never heard of; the nasal valve.