You may have landed on this page because you used the search term “nose problem” . If that is the case and you actually have a nose problem, you are not alone. 4% of the population will suffer with polyps and up to 40% of people have nasal polyps at autopsy. Patients also suffer with nasal obstruction as a result of septal deviation or deviation of the bony vault of the nose. Similarly patients might be suffering with allergic rhinitis or have concerns regarding the appearance of their nose.

Thankfully, the vast majority of these complaints are amenable to treatment whether this is in the form of medication or surgical intervention such as rhinoplasty, septoplasty or sinus surgery. The key to correctly managing these problems is in correctly diagnosing the problem and then discussing your options.

It is important to remember that significant advances have been made in the management of nasal conditions such as an improved understanding of the underlying pathology, minimally invasive techniques eg balloon sinuplasty and the use of image guidance. It is a source of constant frustration that the most up to date techniques are not universally adopted and that as a result patients talk about “nose operations” rather than “septoplasty” or “rhinoplasty” and expect similar morbidity from all operations.

Nose Expert Suffolk

Mr Mckiernan is an accredited Consultant Otorhinolaryngolgist with subspecialist interests in rhinology and facial plastic surgery. This means that he undertakes the full range of nasal surgery whether you have a skin cancer, need a septoplasty, sinus surgery , a rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty or need a CSF leak repair and undertakes revision surgery on behalf of colleagues. He also has a large practice in prominent ear correction (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty). He is a member of British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons, a member of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery

In 1989 Mr David McKiernan graduated from the University of London and then continued his studies in various training facilities throughout Europe and the United States. Highly skilled in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face and nose, Mr. McKiernan holds membership in the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery as well as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

What do the terms mean?

Rhinoplasty – a cosmetic (and functional) procedure to address issues such as an ill-defined nasal tip, doral nasal prominence (“bump”) or to straighten the nose.

Septoplasty – significant deflection of the nasal septum can give rise to nasal obstruction or be responsible for external nasal deformity (eg deviation of the tip and asymmetry of the nostrils). If it occurs in the region of the sinus drainage pathways it can also be responsible for a tendency to recurrent sinusitis.

Endoscopic sinus surgery – minimally invasive surgery to address nasal polyps and facilitate on-going treatment with nasal steroids or to prevent recurrent acute sinusitis, barotrauma and headaches.

Facial Plastic Surgery at BMI St Edmunds Hospital

To make an appointment with Mr Mckiernan regarding cosmetic or functional nasal surgery, please contact his private secretary, Sue Tarry on 01954 780588 or use the form on the appointments page.