A key aspect of rhinoplasty is integrity of nasal valves area because of its fundamental role in patent nasal airway. furthermore, nasal obstruction is a dominant feature in patient with nasal valves dysfunction (NVD) which can be devastating outcome after rhinoplasty.
Nonetheless, NVD has been widely investigated regarding their etiologies and management. However, it has been assumed that the anatomical complexity and interplay between its structures causing a confusion for a beginner surgeon to diagnose and treat NVD. This study was approved by the institutional review board of Chosun University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea (2022-11-005).
To date, the lack of consensus on nasal valve pathologies and corrective procedures has led to its underestimations during analysis and management. As result, we proposed a classification system based on its affected anatomical part, location, and their management. Thus, implementing a classification system for NVD will help guide the practice of rhinoplasty and introduce a more structured approach.
This approach will prove useful in expanding our understanding of how important to locate the pathology of NVD and apply the most relevant management options, particularly for a beginner surgeons.
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