How Can You Correct a Crooked Nose?
One of the most common insecurities patients discuss with plastic surgeons is a crooked nose, which is a nose that doesn’t form a straight, vertical line down the center of the face. The nose can be bent or twisted out of shape and angled toward the right or left side of the face. This issue usually develops because of a deviated septum. Sometimes this can lead to functional issues such as breathing difficulties, but it may also be a purely cosmetic issue. The crookedness may occur because of several reasons, such as a birth defect, an injury like a broken nose, surgery on the nose, or a severe infection. Patients with this problem tend to wonder: Can rhinoplasty fix a crooked nose? Our New Jersey-based Dr. Carlos Burnett says yes: He can successfully improve the appearance of a crooked nose with this surgery.
Here are a few things you should know about crooked noses—and rhinoplasty in general—if this is one of your concerns.
When plastic surgeons are re-shaping the nose, they make it their goal to examine how the changes will affect the rest of the face and also to preserve the patient’s existing features rather than make them look like someone else.
There are both surgical as well as non-surgical options for addressing crookedness, but there is no single treatment method that will work best for correcting this cosmetic concern. Basically, it has to be evaluated on a patient-by-patient basis. The best option for you will be based on the type and severity of the problem.
Injectable fillers may be employed to alter contours and create the impression of new lines and angles, but a nose job (rhinoplasty) is usually the only way of correcting a severely crooked nose. Surgery can involve repositioning tissues, including cartilage and bone, to create straighter lines.
Patients considering nose surgery are often curious about the realistic changes they can expect from a rhinoplasty procedure. In addition to crookedness, they often have other aspects they would like to change, including the bridge of the nose, the nostrils, the tip of the nose, its width and size, or the angle between the nose and the forehead or upper lip. Since the nose occupies such an important role in the proportions and balance of the face, even the smallest change can significantly improve the symmetry and attractiveness of the face as a whole.