The nose is a highly complex part of the body, involving both aesthetic and functional aspects. Because of this, thereis a lot of variation that can occur between noses, both naturally or following trauma/disease. If you are unhappy with your nose due to an aesthetic deformity, then you may be ashamed to be seen in public and might want to try a rhinoplasty to improve your breathing and appearance. There are many different type of deformities, and one that plastic surgeons see fairly regularly is the “saddle nose” deformity. But what exactly is saddle nose, and is it a problem that is affecting you?
The saddle nose deformity often goes by several different names, including “boxer’s nose” and “pug nose”. It occurs when there is not enough support in the center of the nasal bridge, causing a recessed “saddle” appearance or dip in the area. The bridge collapse may be severe enough to cause significant breathing problems, or it may primarily be a cosmetic issue.
What Causes the Problem?
There are several causes of saddle nose deformity, though the overwhelming majority of cases are related to some type of nasal trauma. The term “boxer’s nose” unsurprisingly comes from a common form of trauma that can cause the saddle nose deformity, but any type of trauma that affects the center of the bridge can be responsible. Other, less common causes include:
- Poor result of a previous rhinoplasty, resulting in weakened nasal bridge structure
- Congenital syphilis, causing saddle nose as a birth defect
- Cocaine use, which weakens the internal nasal structures over time
- Wegener’s granulomatosis, which can lead to vessel inflammation and deterioration of cartilage
- Relapsing polychondritis, a condition which causes deterioration of cartilage
- Leprosy, a very rare condition today
Repair With Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, is the only way to repair the functional and cosmetic damage to a nose affected by saddle nose deformity. Depending on the specifics of the case, a variety of techniques may be used, usually including cartilage grafting. Grafts are taken from other areas of the body, such as the nasal septum, ear, or rib, in order to augment and strengthen the bridge area.
One surgery can address both functional and cosmetic concerns. Initial recovery from nasal surgery is typically two weeks, although care must be taken to protect the nose for several months after surgery, and swelling can take up to 18 months to fully resolve.Results will be mostly apparent after a few months, but minor changes can take place until all swelling disappears.
If you would like to get assessed for rhinoplasty surgery, then you will want to meet with the best facial plastic surgeons you can find. Rhinoplasty is an extremely difficult surgery, and only expert surgeons should be performing the procedure in order to minimize potential complications. Start your search by seeking out board certified surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty, like Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) and Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover’s passion is rhinoplasty, and he has been successfully helping patients fix aesthetic and functional nasal issues for over 25 years. For more information, call either location today to schedule your consultation.