Nasal Valve Reconstruction
The nasal valve is the entrance of the nose just past the nostrils. The valve is made up of several components including cartilage inside the nose. For some, the cartilage of the nose becomes weak causing collapse with deep inspiration.
If a nasal valve collapses enough, it can contribute to nasal blockage, mouth breathing, snoring, and sleep apnea.
Nasal Valve Reconstruction Procedures are performed through the nose without any scars on the outside of the nose or face. A small incision is made inside the nose to expose the cartilage that supports your nostrils. A series of small sutures is then placed to suspend the cartilage from collapsing.
Another technique addresses the columella, the strip of skin running from the tip of the nose to the upper lip, which separates the nostrils. If the columella is contributing to nasal valve collapse, Dr. Pasha may recommend reshaping the columellar cartilage and skin to a more normal position and shape. This procedure is also done through small incisions inside the nose without any outside scars.
The total time for both these operations is 20-30 minutes and is performed using general anesthesia (while you are asleep). You should anticipate going home the same day unless other medical conditions complicate recovery. This procedure is highly tolerated.
Dr. Pasha routinely combines septoplasties with nasal valave reconstruction procedures to widen the nasal cavity.