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Treatment for Nasal Valve Collapse

Nasal valve collapse is a common cause of nasal obstruction caused by collapsed cartilage on the sides of your nose. The result is difficulty breathing, congestion, and even snoring.

As ear, nose and throat doctors in Raleigh, we’re pleased to offer the following innovative treatments for nasal valve collapse:

  • VivAer radiofrequency treatment
  • Nasal surgery


This is a small device that is implanted into the nose to support your nasal cartilage. This eliminates nasal airway obstruction and alleviates symptoms of nasal valve collapse. The procedure typically produces great results—studies show that even two years after having LATERA, patients still experienced a 57% reduction in symptoms. Patients often see benefits weeks to months after the procedure.

Radiofrequency Treatment With VivAer(™)

In this procedure, we use an FDA-approved instrument to use low-temperature radiofrequency to move the affected part of the nostril into the right position. This alleviates symptoms by stiffening the airway. The procedure does not change the shape of your nose.

Nasal Surgery for Nasal Valve Collapse

At Raleigh Capitol ENT, we first see if you’re a candidate for nonsurgical solutions before discussing surgery. However, in certain, more extensive cases, it may be necessary to surgically reconstruct your nasal cartilage to improve your airway. Sometimes, if needed, we use ear cartilage for reconstruction. 

Does Insurance Cover These Procedures?

There is a lot of variation among insurance policies about what is and what is not covered. Our surgery scheduling and billing departments will help you to determine and understand what will and will not be covered before any procedure is performed.

Raleigh Capitol ENT’s Sinus Center Offers Solutions for Nasal Valve Collapse

Nasal valve collapse is extremely common. In fact, roughly 1 out of 4 patients with nasal problems can attribute them to nasal valve collapse, which is why we’re pleased to offer these effective procedures conducted by our board-certified otolaryngologists who are leaders in their field.

Don’t let the troublesome symptoms of nasal valve collapse keep you from enjoying your life to the fullest. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.