Q: Can a nose really collapse? If breathing is obstructed or difficult, is this irreversible?

Q: Can a nose really collapse? If breathing is obstructed or difficult, is this irreversible?

(Last Updated On: October 4, 2018)

Q: Can a nose really collapse? If breathing is obstructed or difficult, is this irreversible?

After lots of trauma, pressure, or drugs, can a nose collapse? If the breathing is obstructed or difficult, or the nostrils close/passageways swell up during inspiration, is this irreversible? I can’t imagine a surgery would help such a damaged nose

A: Nasal collapse is a real entity

Nasal collapse is a real entity. Obtaining a thorough medical history and performing a complete nasal examination will delineate the anatomy that predisposes to post-surgical collapse and nasal airway problems. Many effective surgical techniques exist to manage both entities that are of concern to you. I suggest you meet with a reputable nasal surgeon to have a consultation specific to your needs.

Dr. Chen Lee

Dr. Chen Lee is the co-founder of the Montreal plastic and cosmetic surgery clinic AESTHETICA MD. In 1986, he received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and was accepted as a resident of surgical science at McGill University in Montreal. In 1994, Dr. Lee practised at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center as a member of academic staff in the Faculty of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Lee was a Professor of Plastic Surgery specializing in the treatment of complex cosmetic, reconstructive and oncologic deformities of the face, head, and neck. Dr. Lee returned to Montreal in 2002 when he was recruited as the Chairman of Plastic Surgery and Associate Professor at McGill University. In 2005, he turned his attention to his private practice at Aesthetica MD where he uses his training, expertise, and many years of experience to change or improve imperfections of the face, neck, and body.
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