Saddle Nose Deformity

  • Posted on: 13 November 2017
  • By: Tony Chopp

A saddle nose deformity occurs when the cartilaginous portion of the nose collapses.  The upper 1/3 to ½ of the nose is bone and lower 2/3 is cartilage.  Saddle nose deformities can occur from traumatic injuries or from having surgery where too much of the cartilage was removed from the nose.  

Below is an example of a patient that had a saddle nose deformity from previous surgery.  As you can see, the nose tends to depress just above the tip area.  Also, when this depresses, patients will have problems breathing.

Saddle Nose Deformity


In order to reconstruct this we had to harvest cartilage and place it in the area of the depression.  Below shows an example of a patient with a saddle nose deformity.  This was a result of too much of her cartilage was removed from the nose in her previous surgery.  I had to replace the cartilage in her nose with cartilage taken from her ear.  As you can see from the pre and post operative pictures, the saddle nose deformity has been corrected which has improved the appearance as well as her breathing.

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If patients have problems breathing through their nose, insurance will usually cover a significant portion of this procedure.  

This procedure is done as an outpatient procedure at the hospital. It usually requires around 5-7 days off work.

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