Saddle Nose Repair
The majority of the nose structure is cartilage, including the nasal walls and septum that support the nasal bridge. When this cartilage becomes too weak, thin or damaged, the nasal bridge can collapse, creating a dip in the bridge called a saddle nose deformity due to its saddle shape. At Maia Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Munique Maia, offers saddle nose repair surgery at our medical clinic in the greater Washington, DC, metro area.
Saddle nose deformities can be caused by a variety of issues that impact the nasal bridge structure. Damage from impact to the nose can cause the bridge to collapse. Saddle nose is also called “boxer’s nose,” as it frequently occurs in boxers after repeated blows to the nose. Other possible causes include diseases that deteriorate the nasal cartilage or lifestyle choices like nasal drug use that can cause septum or cartilage damage. One of the major causes of saddle nose deformities is poorly performed rhinoplasty.
Correcting Saddle Nose Deformity
Saddle nose deformity can cause extreme cosmetic and functional concerns. The bridge of the nose can cave in, and the nasal tip can turn upward or appear shortened. Breathing can also be impacted if the collapse closes nasal valves or passages. Saddle nose repair surgery requires adding supports to strengthen the nasal bridge and reshape the nose. This can include stents and cartilage grafting to rebuild the nose structure and restore a natural appearance. Some patients may also require deviated septum repair, or septoplasty, to resolve breathing issues.
If you have a saddle nose deformity and want to explore plastic surgery to reshape your nose and improve function, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery today to book your appointment. We can schedule a saddle nose repair consultation with Dr. Maia at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.