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Nasal Septal Perforation NYC

A nasal septal perforation–a hole or “perforation” in the nasal septum (the tissues that separate the nostrils)– is a medical condition that may occur due to nasal fracture or other trauma, nose surgery, extended use of steroid nasal sprays, cocaine use, nose picking and many other causes. A nasal septal perforation, also known as a perforated septum, can cause an array of uncomfortable symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, crusting, whistling and chronic infection. If left untreated, these symptoms typically worsen.

Some septal perforations can be successfully repaired. Septal perforation repair (nasal reconstructive surgery) is a complex and delicate procedure. A top NYC rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) specialist, Dr. Klausner is one of a small number of surgeons in New York City who perform nasal septal perforation repairs.

A perforated septum can be very difficult to repair because this condition is not just one hole but actually three holes—a hole through the septal cartilage, and a hole in each side of the membrane that covers the septum.

Left untreated, nasal septal perforations can increase in size and some may even cause the nose to collapse.

Common symptoms of a nasal septal perforation include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Runny nose
  • Crusting
  • Whistling while breathing
  • Chronic infection
  • Nasal obstruction

Each nasal septal perforation patient requires careful evaluation in order to determine the exact cause of the perforation. Certain small nasal perforations cannot be repaired and can be treated with other methods. However, if the perforation meets criteria to be repaired surgically, several techniques may be employed to close the hole. In many cases additional tissue grafts are utilized to create flaps to cover the perforation.

Choosing The Right Surgeon for Nasal Septal Perforation

Because this procedure is so technically challenging, it is paramount that you choose an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Krausner is a leading septal perforation repair physician in NYC who completed her residency in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat surgery) at New York University and a fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Center, where she was trained by Dr. Russell W.H. Kridel, an internationally acclaimed expert in repairing septal perforations. Klausner’s expertise in both cosmetic rhinoplasty (aesthetic nose reshaping) and functional rhinoplasty (breathing issues) has equipped her with a very strong background in both form and function. This allows Dr. Klausner to provide her nasal septal perforation patients with today’s most advanced surgical techniques for optimal results.

Nasal Septal Perforation Consultation

In her warm and comfortable NYC office, Dr. Klausner will listen to your concerns and carefully evaluate your condition in order to recommend the safest and best possible treatment options.

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