Nasal Valve/ Lateral Nasal Wall Collapse
This refers to a loss of support for the tissues of the roof and side wall of the nose causing collapse of the side wall when the patient breaths in through the nose. This can result from previous surgery or injury, can occur with advancing age or can be present with no obvious cause. It is normal to have a mild degree of movement of the side wall of the nose when breathing in through the nose.
If it is thought that nasal valve collapse is a significant factor in causing the patient’s nasal obstruction then this can potentially be corrected surgically using cartilage grafts.
This consists of using cartilage from either the inside of the nose or the ear to strengthen the area of collapse. The type of surgery will depend on the area and severity of collapse.