While you might see athletes or others wearing nasal strips across the external valves to improve their breathing, this is a temporary – and aesthetically unattractive – solution that cannot compete with the benefits of nasal valve surgery. Other temporary methods of coping, such as steroids, nasal sprays and allergy medications, also present short-lived fixes. Comparatively, nasal valve surgery, performed under general anesthesia, is a very well-tolerated procedure with excellent, permanent results. The surgery lasts under an hour with patients going home the same day.
Because nasal valve surgery can affect both the nose’s function and its appearance, the ideal facial plastic surgeon to perform the procedure is seasoned in both cosmetic and reconstructive techniques. Dr. Kwak holds a prestigious double certification in both otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery, giving him thorough insight into these delicate and complex areas of the body.
In addition to his elite expertise and aesthetic artistry, Dr. Kwak is a gifted communicator. He has a knack for setting all patients at ease, no matter how anxious they may feel upon embarking on their surgical journey. During an initial consultation, Dr. Kwak examines the client’s medical records, prior surgeries, current medications, and determines the best path for a full recovery from chronic breathing troubles. In cases where more than one procedure is required, such as a revision rhinoplasty or septoplasty, Dr. Kwak will also outline the details of these surgeries and present a clear, transparent roadmap of what to expect at every juncture.