Dr. Abramson describes nasal valve collapse and treatment through Rhinoplasty:

One of the things that patients may or may not be aware of in terms of the nasal airway is something called the nasal valve. It is actually as described, when you take a deep breath in, and the side wall of the nose comes in and collapses down, or is compromised.

This can be created, actually, by an obstruction on the other side, or a lack of support on the side of the nose that’s collapsing in. In fact, the more air that flows through, the more the side wall of the nose will be compromised or come in towards the inside of the nose or towards the septum, which is the divider between the two sides of the nose.

Think of it this way: if you’re in the shower with a hanging shower curtain, the higher you turn up the shower, the more that shower curtain will come in towards you. And that’s a very similar physics principle that happens inside the nose in terms of aerodynamics.

There are multiple ways to help fix this. The most important thing is an adequate, and excellent physical examination to determine why this is occuring, and how best to treat the patient, and get the best success rate.

If you have compromised breathing because of Nasal Valve Collapse, contact Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery today to get started on a path to treatment. Dr. Abramson performs Rhinoplasty procedures in his own surgical suite in Atlanta, GA, a convenient drive for those in Buckhead, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Roswell, Alpharetta and beyond.