Who Can Perform J-flaps to Improve my Nasal Breathing?

After a bad septoplasty which resulted in a much worse septal deviation, I wore Breathe-Right strips for several years to sleep. I had a revision septoplasty earlier this year along with spreader graft placement along the left side of my septum. Now the mucosa below my upper lateral cartilages is prone to collapse when I inhale. I believe the mucosa was stretched throughout years of nasal strip use, indicating J-flaps to trim the excess. Who here has experience with J-flaps and can help me?

Doctor Answers 3

Improve nasal breathing

Dear Need to breathe,

  • J-flaps were used more frequently in the past, not that much anymore
  • The reason: their results usually do not last
  • There can be many reasons why your surgery did not work and that is why you need an exam to be sure
  • The first step in treating a problem is to find the cause...then we can offer the correct treatement

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Septoplasty Recovery


Thank you for your recent inquiry. The best advice I can give via internet is that you see a well recommended and board certified surgeon for a full evaluation and direct examination. Under direct examination a proper diagnosis and surgical plan may be made to help improve your breathing difficulties. Best regards! Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 208 reviews

Nasal Obstruction After Septoplasty


Dear Need to Breathe,

I am sorry to hear about your breathing difficulties. There are several potential causes and treatments for nasal obstruction following septoplasty.

Rather than focus on a single treatment or technique (such as J-flaps), I would recommend that you see an experienced, Board Certified provider who can perform a full evaluation and discuss your full range of treatment options.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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