Rhinoplasty and nasal valve surgery are used to treat breathing obstruction that originates from the parts of the nose that you can see on the outside. Breathing can cause collapse of the sides of the nose, but there can be changes in the overall shape of the nose that also cause blockage of breathing. These changes in the shape of the nose occur naturally or can be related to previous facial trauma or surgery.
Rhinoplasty is a reshaping and (often) strengthening of the outside of the nose. Nasal valve surgery is more focused on the sides of the nose, involving placement of pieces of cartilage (typically when done with septoplasty) or small Latera® implants to support the narrowed or collapsed area of the nose.