Deformities of the nasal cavity may occur as a result of a congenital defect, traumatic injury or medical condition that can lead to an abnormal appearance, as well as symptoms like nasal obstruction, difficulty in speaking or eating and frequent nosebleeds. These deformities may include problems caused by a cleft lip or palate, a deviated or busted septum or a mass on the nose that are often present at birth.
Treatment of a nasal deformity depends on the type and severity of the condition as well as the patient's age, overall health and expected outcome. Deformities that are purely cosmetic may not require treatment unless desired by the patient. Surgery is normally performed to correct any physical disposition and restore function to the nose and airway and may involve skin and tissue grafts, which can be taken from another area of the body or from a donor. Other patients may benefit from surgical repair of fractures or an opening of the passageway to allow for proper breathing.
The surgical plan depends on the deformity and patients expectations. The bone and cartilage framework can be altered to create an aesthetically appealing nose. Excess skin can be repositioned or trimmed. Implant may be employed in selected cases to improve the profile. maxillofacial surgeons will determine which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual condition.