What Is Nasal Valve Collapse?

Nasal valve surgery with double board certified facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. can help correct nasal valve collapse. As one of NYC’s leading experts specializing in cosmetic rhinoplasty, functional rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and septal perforation repair, Dr. Klausner can permanently correct nasal valve collapse issues. Reach out to the Klausner Institute in New York, NY to see how Dr. Klausner's expert care can help you breathe better and feel more like yourself.

What Is The Nasal Valve?

Located in the middle to lower part of the nose, the nasal valve is the part of the nose with the narrowest airway. The nasal valve consists of four components:

  • The anterior septum
  • Lateral nasal wall
  • Head of the inferior turbinate
  • Osseous piriform aperture

Anything that compromises these areas can weaken or narrow the nasal valve, creating limited airflow and causing very uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Severe nasal congestion
  • Resistance when breathing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Obstruction of the nasal and sinus passageways
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Crusting

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What Causes Nasal Valve Collapse?

Nasal valve collapse can be caused by:

  • A deviated septum
  • Prior nose surgery or cosmetic rhinoplasty, including dorsal hump removal (can cause bilateral internal valve collapse)
  • Nose trauma or fracture (may cause saddling of the nasal bridge, inflammation, enlarged tissue, or excess scar tissue)
  • The aging process (weakens the overall structure of the nose)
  • Congenital defect (such as narrow nostrils)

Nasal valve collapse can be difficult to initially diagnose. In fact, many physicians overlook nasal valve collapse as a major cause of sinus conditions. In determining if you have nasal valve collapse, you must first meet with a board certified ENT (otolaryngologist) or other sinus specialists for proper diagnosis. Be sure to explain all of your symptoms and disclose any previous rhinoplasty procedures.

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What Are The Benefits Of Treating Nasal Valve Collapse?

Congestion caused by nasal valve collapse can be extremely uncomfortable. You may find it difficult to breathe, sleep, and participate in daily activities. Dr. Klausner knows how to correct these issues and improve your quality of life through nasal valve surgery. Here are some benefits of working with our team:

  • Relief from nasal congestion: Breathing is much easier after nasal valve surgery. This improves your overall energy levels and sleep quality.
  • Improved sense of smell: It is hard to enjoy food and drinks with a stuffy nose. You should be able to smell things more clearly after surgery.
  • Better sleep: Nasal congestion causes snoring, leading to sleep disruptions for you and your partner. Surgery alleviates snoring so you can both get a good night's rest.

What Is Involved In Treatment Of Nasal Valve Collapse?

Many patients diagnosed with nasal valve collapse opt for surgery to permanently correct their symptoms. During surgery, Dr. Klausner rebuilds the nose to create more structural support. Often, cartilage grafting of both the internal and external nasal valves is needed to create more stability. Because Dr. Klausner is highly skilled in both cosmetic rhinoplasty (aesthetic nose reshaping) and functional rhinoplasty (breathing issues), she can effectively address both the aesthetic and medical needs of each nasal valve collapse patient. Well-versed in today’s most innovative nasal valve surgical techniques, Dr. Klausner strives to help each patient achieve their overall goals, which may include improved nasal function, as well as greater self-confidence in their appearance.

Is nasal valve collapse surgery painful?

No, most nasal valve collapse surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, meaning you are asleep during the procedure. During recovery, the discomfort is minimal and easily controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. During your consultation, Dr. Klausner will instruct you on the recovery process and the steps you can take.

Is nasal valve collapse a serious condition?

Over time, nasal valve collapse can worsen, leading to an increased risk of the nasal structure weakening, which further narrows the nasal passageways. This ultimately can result in increased breathing difficulties.

What are the symptoms of a collapsed nasal valve?

Symptoms of nasal valve collapse include congestion, difficulty breathing through the nose, nosebleeds, snoring, an obstruction of the nasal passageway, and crusting around the nostril. A simple technique to test your nasal valve is called the Cottle's Maneuver. Simply pull either cheek to hold the nostril to the side. If your breathing improves, you may have a nasal valve collapse. However, this isn’t a fool-proof diagnosis, and it will still require Dr. Klausner to examine your nasal passageways to know for certain if you have a collapsed nasal valve.

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