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A 44-year-old male asked:

Cant breath well into my right nostril. had a surgery for it but the surgical structure collapsed and now it feels even more blocked. what can i do?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
My suggestion: Return to your surgeon or find a surgeon confident and experienced in revision nasal surgery. The nasal framework can always be rebuilt, unless there is signficant injury to the overlying skin. Make certain that the surgeon examines all the possible causes of nasal obstruction - deviated septum, crooked nose, aging/collapsing nasal cartilages, & poor tip support. In the meantime, try a nasal strip.
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Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Several options: Collapse of the nostril is known as nasal vestibular stenosis at the external nasal valve. A temporary method for opening the airway is to wear an internal nasal dilator (eg wire spring called breath-eze); breathe right strips may not help much if the nostril is completely collapsed. Surgical repair generally involves strengthening the nostril structure with cartilage grafting.
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
Nasal obstruction: return to your surgeon and have your nose evaluated. You may need a revision.
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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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