Nasal Deformity occurs when cartilage in the nose and its tip are weakened by age and droop because of gravity, obstructing air flow. Mouth breathing or noisy and restricted breathing are common. A nasal deformity is an abnormality in appearance of the nose that results in difficulty breathing, impaired sense of smell and concerns.
There are several types of nasal deformities, including:
- Congenital (present at birth) deformities: These include cleft palate, nasal mass or weakness in the structure of the nose.
- Enlarged adenoids: Adenoids are lymph glands found at the back of the nose. When they become enlarged, they can block the airway and cause sleep apnea.
- Enlarged turbinates: There are three turbinates, or baffles, on the side of each nostril that clean and humidify the air before it goes to your lungs. Swollen turbinates can interfere with breathing through the nose.
- Deviated septum: This is when the wall of cartilage between your nasal passages is malformed or bent to one side. A deviated septum can be congenital or caused by trauma.
- Saddle nose: Sometimes known as a boxer’s nose, the saddle nose has an extremely flat or concave bridge. It is associated with trauma, cocaine abuse or certain diseases.
- Aging nose: The aging process can cause drooping that leads to obstruction, as the sides of the nose collapse inward.
- Can be present from birth or after trauma to nose.
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- Very often this plastic surgery of the nose has to be done along with a septal correction or an endoscopic sinus surgery.Thus we can look after the functional aspects of the nose along with the cosmetic. An endoscopic surgeon trained in rhinoplasty will be the best person to deal with such a situation in a single operation.