The majority of the nasal bridge and nose structure is made of cartilage, not bone. If the cartilage becomes too weak or the nasal valves collapse, the bridge of the nose can fall. This can result in a depression in the middle of the nasal bridge that looks like a saddle, which is why it is called a saddle nose deformity. At Eden Plastic Surgery Institute, we offer saddle nose repair surgery at our clinic in Miami.
What Causes Saddle Nose Deformities?
There are a variety of possible causes of saddle nose deformities. In most cases, something occurred to weaken the nose structure, allowing the middle of the nasal bridge to sink. Some of the most common causes of nose bridge collapse include:
- Previous rhinoplasty surgery
- Trauma to the nose
- Sports injuries
- Diseases like Wegner granulomatosis, polychondritis and leprosy that weaken the nasal cartilage
- Nasal drug use (both recreational and medicinal)
When the cartilage collapses in the bridge, it can have devastating effects. Not only is there a noticeable depression in the bridge, but the tip of the nose can turn upward. In addition, the collapse can block air passages, causing breathing issues, sinus problems and snoring.
Repairing Saddle Nose Deformities
Treatment for underlying causes of saddle nose deformities can stop further damage to the nose. Plastic surgery can reform the septum, bridge, tip and nasal walls to create the desired shape and open the nasal passages. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali Charafeddine, has the experience and expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery to restore a beautiful, functional nose structure with saddle nose repair surgery.
If you have a saddle nose deformity and want to explore cosmetic surgery to repair your nose structure, contact us at Eden Plastic Surgery Institute. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Charafeddine to discuss saddle nose repair surgery at our office in Miami.