Nasal Valve Repair Surgery
The narrowest area in the nasal passages contains the nasal valves, which allow air to flow in and out of the nasal openings and sinuses. When these valves collapse, they can restrict breathing and impact the sinuses, causing snoring, sleep apnea and other breathing issues. At Maia Plastic Surgery, we offer nasal valve repair surgery for our patients at our medical clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.
Internal and external nasal structures impact the nasal valves. In some cases, the nasal valves only close when inhaling, while others may stay continuously closed. The cause of a nasal valve dysfunction or collapse can vary from congenital or genetic issues to injuries or damage to the valves. Some causes of nasal valve collapse include:
- Previous rhinoplasty (too much cartilage removed)
- Broken nose or nasal fracture
- Congenital deformities
- Aging issues
Whatever the cause of nasal valve dysfunction or collapse, the best permanent solution is nasal valve repair surgery. This can open the nasal passages to relieve sinus and breathing problems for improved health and quality of life.
Repairing Collapsed Nasal Valves
To open collapsed nasal valves, the structure of the nasal passages may need reinforcement. This can include using cartilage grafting to strengthen the weakened nasal walls or the septum. Patients may also choose to have rhinoplasty performed in conjunction with a nasal valve collapse repair to reshape the external nose for cosmetic purposes. It is common for nasal valve collapse to cause functional and cosmetic problems that can be resolved with nasal plastic surgery.
If you suffer from breathing problems caused by a nasal valve collapse or dysfunction, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery today to book your nasal valve repair consultation. Dr. Maia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs nasal valve repair surgery and rhinoplasty at our clinic in the Washington, DC, metro area.