Michael Jackson breathing problems – multiple rhinoplasties and internal valve collapse

It is no secret that Michael Jackson experienced breathing problems throughout the last years of his life.  Was it a pulmonary condition, or was it something else?

I have strong reason to believe that Michael Jackson had internal valve collapse within his nasal passages. How did this happen? Multiple Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery procedures on the nose over the past 20 years removed too much cartilage and collapsed the nasal airway.

There are two types of nasal collapse that can occur and I have explained them in my video blog. These two types of collapse are:

  1. saddle nose deformity
  2. internal nasal valve collapse

Michael Jackson did not have a saddle nose deformity, but likely suffered with internal nasal valve collapse. This created breathing problems for the performer.

The moral of the story is that the pursuit of perfection in plastic surgery is a slippery slope. Patients and doctors need to carefully review expectations and acceptable results, because sometimes cosmetic surgery can affect function.

By Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Cosmeticsurg Baltimore, Maryland
Ricardo L Rodriguez on American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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