Nasal Valve Collapse – LATERA
What is Nasal Valve Collapse?
Nasal valve collapse is nasal obstruction from collapse of the nostrils when the patient breathes in.
Symptoms of Nasal Valve Collapse
The patient will feel like they have difficulty breathing, congestion, especially when they lay down at night. They may or may not notice the visible collapse of the nostrils.
What Causes Nasal Valve Collapse?
This occurs when the cartilages that make up the nostrils are weak or when the ligaments that support the cartilages are weak. Typically this occurs after some form of trauma in the past, prior surgery, and also with aging.
How does LATERA Work?
LATERA is an FDA approved absorbable nasal implant designed to support the weak nasal cartilage that makes up the nostril. It is inserted through a tiny puncture inside the nostril rim and placed over the area of maximal collapse. It provides rigidity and support to reduce the nostril collapse.
How is LATERA Absorbed?
LATERA is made of polylactic acid, a medical product with decades of use in medicine. It is naturally absorbed by the body over about 18-24 months and stimulates collagen to form as it absorbs. The rigidity gained by the implant is maintained by the collagen that replaces the implant.
What are the benefits of LATERA?
Benefits enjoyed by patients include the following:
- Reduced nasal congestion
- Improved nasal breathing
- Improved nasal airflow through the nose on demand such as exercise
- Better nasal breathing during sleep
What Have Patients Experienced with the LATERA Implant?
9 out of 10 patients are satisfied with the outcome of the procedure, their improved breathing, and the appearance of their nose.
Risks of LATERA Implant?
There is local mild irritation and sometimes some visible redness in the skin in the first couple of weeks after the procedure. A very small number of patients will have an extrusion of the implant requiring another procedure.