saddle nose
A saddle nose is a deformity that results when the bridge of the nose has a weakness that causes it to “cave in.” The problem usually occurs in the middle of the bridge, so the profile of the nose resembles a saddle. Although saddle noses are relatively rare, it can be disfiguring and lead to dissatisfaction with one’s appearance. There are many reasons why a saddle nose might occur, but the good news is there are treatment options that can restore a normal profile to the nose.

Causes of Saddle Nose

There are a number of reasons why saddle nose might develop:

Nose Injury – Fractures to the nose that affect the septal cartilage can lead to the appearance of a saddle nose. Injuries can also affect blood flow to the septal cartilage, which may lead to a saddle nose over time as the area is deprived of sufficient oxygen and nutrients.

Previous SurgeryRhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures can also lead to a saddle nose if the procedure was too aggressive in removing excess cartilage from the nasal bridge.

Medical Conditions – One uncommon condition that leads to saddle nose is an autoimmune disorder called Wegener’s granulomatosis, which can cause destruction of cartilage over time. Syphilis is another condition that can lead to a saddle nose.

Use of Drugs – Both recreational drugs and nasal sprays snorted through the nose regularly can lead to deterioration of the cartilage. These substances restrict blood flow to the cartilage, which can cause destruction over time.

Treating Saddle Nose

Surgery is the most common treatment for a saddle nose, but it should be performed by a surgeon experienced in this condition. Rebuilding of the cartilage may be done with donor material from the nasal septum, if there is sufficient cartilage available. If not, donor cartilage from the ears or rib may be harvested and used for this purpose. Most large saddles nose deformities are best addressed with a rib cartilage graft.

Treating a saddle nose can be a complex procedure that requires extensive knowledge of nasal anatomy and how to adequately restore it to normal function and appearance. In some cases, a saddle nose can affect the function of the nose as well as the appearance, making treatment even more challenging. If you want to correct your saddle nose, it is important to choose a surgeon that is experienced in all aspects of nose surgery to ensure you get the best possible results.

Dr Roth has the knowledge and experience needed to improve both the function and the appearance of sa addle nose. He has treated many cases of this deformity, providing patients with a better facial profile without compromising breathing function. To learn more about your options in saddle nose treatment, contact Dr Roth’s office at 02 9982 3439.