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5 Signs You Could Need Nasal Valve Repair

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Breathing is one of the most essential functions of our body, and we often take it for granted. However, some people struggle with breathing through their nose due to a condition called nasal valve collapse. Nasal valve collapse occurs when the nasal valve, which is the narrowest part of the nasal passage, weakens or collapses. This condition can cause breathing difficulties and other uncomfortable symptoms.

The internal or external nasal valve can have issues from trauma, genetic defects or even drug use that require repairs. New York Facial Plastic Surgeon Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, discusses five signs that could indicate you need nasal valve repair.

Difficulty Breathing Through Your Nose

The most common symptom of nasal valve collapse is difficulty breathing through your nose. If you find yourself struggling to inhale or exhale through your nose, it could be a sign that the nasal valve is not functioning correctly. This can lead to snoring, sleep apnea and other breathing-related issues.

Nasal Congestion

Another sign that you may need nasal valve repair is nasal congestion. If you suffer from frequent congestion or a stuffy nose, it could be due to a collapsed nasal valve. This symptom can be especially frustrating as it can lead to headaches, sinus infections and other discomforts.

Mouth Breathing

If you find yourself breathing through your mouth more often than your nose, it could be due to nasal valve collapse. Mouth breathing can cause dry mouth, bad breath and other oral health problems. It can also lead to sleep disturbances, as mouth breathing can increase the risk of snoring and sleep apnea.

Fatigue and Poor Sleep Quality

Nasal valve collapse can also affect your sleep quality, leading to fatigue and exhaustion. If you wake up feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep, it could be due to breathing difficulties caused by nasal valve collapse. This can impact your daily life, making it challenging to focus on work or enjoy leisure activities.

Chronic Sinus Infections

Chronic or persistent sinus infections can be a sign of nasal valve collapse. If you suffer from frequent sinus infections, it could be due to the nasal valve’s inability to keep out bacteria and other harmful particles. This can lead to inflammation, pain and other sinus-related complications.

New York Nasal Valve Collapse Repair

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it could be a sign that you need nasal valve repair. Dr. Khosh and his team perform this minimally invasive procedure to improve breathing function and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.

If you think you may be suffering from nasal valve collapse, contact New York Facial Plastic Surgeon Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, and schedule a consultation. Dr. Khosh can discuss your symptoms, perform an exam and determine the best treatment plan for you.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


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Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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