There are various causes of saddle nose, which is defined as a collapsed dorsum, or bridge of the nose, which causes it to curve inward from the forehead to the tip. The nose tends to look like the area on a horse where the saddle is placed.
Saddle nose can be a result of surgery, trauma, inflammation, and more, which causes the cartilage to sag and lose its structure.
What is dorsal saddling?
Dorsal saddling is where the bridge of your nose or the dorsum is caved in toward the middle of your nose.
How do you treat a saddle nose?
We treat saddle nose with rhinoplasty where we build up that part of the nose using cartilage that is harvested from your ear or rib, or from cartilage irradiated from a donor. In donor cartilage, we remove all of the cells that your body would typically react to. Using that cartilage, I carve out the exact size and shape that we need to build up the collapsed tissue and then I reinforce the tip. Your body reacts to it just like your own tissue.
What is dorsal augmentation?
Dorsal augmentation consists of building up of the dorsum or the bridge of the nose using harvested or irradiated cartilage. This is done a number of different ways based on the individual.
Will saddle nose rhinoplasty improve my breathing?
Saddle nose rhinoplasty improves breathing most of the time, especially if the surgery is performed by a rhinoplasty specialist. Whenever we build up the nose, we also make sure the internal nasal valves, where the upper lateral cartilages join with your septum, are supported and are anatomically in the right position. Once the dorsum is lifted, you should have improvement in your breathing.
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About Dr. Angela Sturm
Dr. Angela Sturm is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon with certifications with the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Sturm’s meticulous nature makes for exceptional results and satisfied patients. Dr. Sturm was named Texas Monthly’s Super Doctors Rising Star in 2016-2017, Texas Monthly’s Super Doctor in 2018-2019, H Texas Magazine’s Top Doc in 2013-2018, Top Doc by Houstonia magazine in 2016-2018, Houston Business Journal’s People on the Move and 40 under 40, Blazing Star Award by Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Top Women in Business, one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston, Best Female Cosmetic Surgeon in Out Smart, and given the Patients’ Choice Award, On Time Doctor Award and Compassionate Doctor Award by Vitals.com.