People who have a nose that is shifted to one side of slightly crooked may consider rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery to straighten it. In this procedure, the surgeon will remove some cartilage or bone or physically move the tissue.
A Splint may be Incorporated
In addition, the surgeon may place a splint to hold the nose in place as it heals, similar to the placement of a splint in case of a broken nose after functional rhinoplasty.
The degree of nose crookedness will depend on the reason behind it. A majority of crooked noses are only an aesthetic issue. However, sometimes it can also cause breathing problems.
The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons, provides rhinoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.
What causes a Nose to become Crooked?
There are two primary types of crooked nose. The first type develops due to an issue within the complex system of bones, cartilage, and tissue within the nose.
This happens due to various causes, such as:
- Nose surgery
- Birth defects
- Injuries, such as a broken nose
- Severe infections
Depending on the cause for the crookedness, the nose may be I, S, or C-shaped.
The second type of nose crookedness develops because of a deviated septum. The septum is the internal wall that bifurcates the nose into two identical airways.
Septal deviation causes this wall to lean to one side, partially blocking one passageway. Some people have a deviated septum since birth while others develop it after an injury.
A deviated septum can also lead to the following conditions, apart from making the nose appear crooked:
- Loud breathing
- Problems in sleeping on one side
The patient should consult a qualified doctor to understand the cause for their crooked nose as well as identify the most appropriate treatment option to correct this condition.
Dermal filler injections can sometimes be used to straighten a slightly crooked nose. However, more severe cases will require surgery. Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery helps correct the cosmetic issues of the nose while septoplasty helps straighten the wall that divides the inside of the nose into two parts.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty and functional rhinoplasty are the two types of rhinoplasty procedures. While cosmetic rhinoplasty focuses solely on aesthetic issues, functional rhinoplasty addresses breathing problems.
A 2015 study indicates that regardless of the technique used, rhinoplasty can effectively straighten crooked noses in patients with or without facial symmetry. Facial symmetry refers to the similar appearance of both halves of the face.
Septoplasty straightens a crooked nose by reshaping the wall between the nasal airways. In case a deviated septum is the reason for the patient’s crooked nose, the surgeon will likely recommend septoplasty to them. This procedure can straighten the nose while relieving the nasal airway of obstructions due to a deviated septum.
The Bottom Line
A crooked nose is a common condition which occurs due to an injury or septal deviation. Nearly 80 percent of people have some type of a deviated septum. The patient should seek treatment if their crooked nose is causing breathing issues or significant cosmetic problems.
Cosmetic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.