Treating Nasal Valve Collapse

Do you have symptoms of nasal airway obstruction?

Breathing through your nose delivers about 70% of the overall airflow going to your lungs.  Nasal airway obstruction limits airflow through the nose for more than 20 million Americans accompanied with significant consequences to their quality of life.

Symptoms of nasal airway obstruction can include:

  • Nasal congestion, stuffiness, blockage or obstruction
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Inability to get enough air through your nose while exercising or exerting yourself
Treating Nasal Valve Collapse

What causes nasal airway obstruction?

The nasal valve is just inside your nose and is formed by structures consisting of tissue, cartilage and bone.  Even a slight narrowing of the nasal valve area can lead to significant reduction in airflow.  A structural blockage at the lateral (side) nasal wall can occur because the cartilage in the wall is weak or overly flexible.  When you inhale, the weak cartilage allows the wall to collapse inward, blocking air intake. This is known as Nasal Valve Collapse and may equal or even exceed septal deviation as the prime cause of nasal airway obstruction.

Nasal Airway Obstruction

People who suffer from Nasal Valve Collapse sometimes describe it as the feeling of having a clothespin on their nose.

The LATERA® Absorbable Nasal Implant was created to support lateral nasal cartilage and help maintain airflow through the nasal valve.

LATERA® Absorbable Nasal Implant

How does LATERA® work?


The LATERA® Absorbable Nasal Implant serves to reinforce and support upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose to help reduce nasal airway obstruction symptoms and help patients breathe better.


The LATERA® implant is absorbed over a period of about 18 months. After LATERA® is implanted, a fibrous capsule will form around it, maintaining the integrity of the implant over 12 months.  As absorption begins to take place, the capsule of tissue provides stability for the implant and allows localized tissue to respond during the absorption process.  Remodeling of the lateral wall takes place as the implant is replaced with fibrous collagen that provides support.

Supportive, Absorbable Device

What have patients experienced with LATERA®?

Improvement in quality of life - 9 out of 10  LATERA® patients were satisfied with their breathing after the procedure.

Latera has shown significant improvement in quality of life for patients with Nasal Valve Collapse, and while individual results may vary, Latera patients saw these changes:

  • Reduced nasal congestion, stuffiness, blockage or obstruction
  • Less difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Less difficulty sleeping
  • Improved ability to get enough air through the nose during exercise or exertion

No change in appearance - 9 out of 10 LATERA® patients were satisfied with their appearance after the procedure.

Patients experienced no long-term adverse cosmetic changes with the LATERA® implant.

Overall Satisfaction - 9 out of 10 LATERA® patients were satisfied with the procedure.

Let LATERA® relieve you of the symptoms of nasal valve collapse.

LATERA® provides predictable outcomes and proven results for improving your ability to breathe through your nose.

Don't let your quality of life suffer because of nasal airway obstruction

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