Will I look different after nasal valve collapse surgery?
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Will surgery for Nasal Valve Collapse Change My Appearance?
Minimal nasal changes in appearance after internal nasal valve surgery
Nasal Valve surgery
There is usually a reason for narrowing of the internal nasal valve such as trauma or previous rhinoplasty surgery. There are a number of was to reconstruct the internal nasal valve and almost every technique will change the shape of your nose in some way. It is important that you stress your concerns to the surgeon to ensure the changes to your nose are limited. In most cases the change to the external appearance of your nose will be minimal unless the deformity is severe.
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Thank you for your question. Remember, you should always address any concerns with your primary surgeon. In my experience, using spreader grafts to correct nasal valve collapse always results in a slight change in the shape of the nasal dorsum into a more pleasing frontal profile. I hope this answers your questions. Best wishes in your endeavors!
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This question is almost impossible to answer as it very much depends on the starting point of your nose, the problem you have, the procedure being performed, and the skill level of your surgeon. Generally, however, a rhinoplasty for nasal valve repair will always lead to minor cosmetic changes/improvements. By definition, a rhinoplasty will slightly alter the shape of your nose. That said, such changes can be very minimal and barely perceptible, or they can be rather noticeable if so desired. Good luck!
There should be minimal change in appearance
Nasal valve repair.
There are two nasal valves, internal and external. Internal valve collapse is a more common scenario and is usually repaired with placement of spreader grafts. If this is the case, I would agree with your surgeon in that the will be a mild widening in the middle third of your nose, but is usually pretty minimal, and would not be all that noticeable, when done well. If external valve repair is planned, this is much more variable. There are several ways to address this issue, and most would change the appearance of your nostrils, usually for the better if you are truly having external valve collapse. I would check with your surgeon to verify what is planned.
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