If a patient has a nose that is shifted to one side or slightly crooked, they can undergo a procedure to straighten it where the surgeon reduces some cartilage or bone or physically shifts the tissue. In addition, the surgeon may also place a splint to hold the nose in place as it heals, similar to a broken nose after functional rhinoplasty.
The cause of the crookedness may determine whether it is very subtle or quite apparent. In general, crooked noses are only an aesthetic issue. However, in some cases, it can impact a person’s breathing.
Devoted double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other cities and towns in this region of the southwest.
What causes a Nose to become Crooked?
Prior to considering treatment options, it is essential to understand the reasons that lead crookedness in the nose. There are two primary types of crooked noses. One type occurs due to a problem within the intricate system of cartilage, bones, and tissue that comprise the nose.
This may occur due to various reasons, such as:
- injuries, such as a broken nose
- birth defects
- nose surgery
- severe infections
The cause will determine whether the crooked nose will be C-, I-, or S-shaped.
A deviated septum is the cause for the other type of nose crookedness. The septum refers to the internal wall that bifurcates the left and right nasal airways. In case of a deviated septum, this wall leans in a unilateral manner which partially blocks one side of the nose. Some people are born with a deviated septum while others develop it after an injury.
A deviated septum can make the nose appear crooked as well as lead to the following conditions:
- loud breathing
- problems sleeping on one side
The patient should consult a qualified doctor to identify the reason for their crooked nose. This will help in determining the most appropriate treatment option.
Dermal fillers may help in the straightening of a slightly crooked nose. However, more severe cases will typically require surgery. Rhinoplasty plastic surgery is meant to correct aesthetic issues of the nose while septoplasty straightens the wall that separates the inside of the nose in two.
There are two types of rhinoplasty, namely cosmetic rhinoplasty and functional rhinoplasty. The sole focus of cosmetic rhinoplasty is correcting the nasal appearance. On the other hand, functional rhinoplasty is done to address breathing issues.
A 2015 study indicates that regardless of the type of technique used, rhinoplasty can effectively straighten crooked noses in participants with or without facial symmetry. Facial symmetry refers to both halves of the face appearing similar.
Septoplasty straightens a crooked nose by reshaping the wall between the passages of the nose. In case a patient has a crooked nose because of a deviated septum, the surgeon will most likely recommend septoplasty to them. This procedure can straighten the nose as well as relieve nasal airway obstructions due to a deviated septum.
The Bottom Line
A crooked nose is a common condition which can occur due to a past injury or a deviated septum. Interestingly, approximately 80 percent of people have some type of deviated septum. The patient should choose a suitable treatment if their crooked nose is causing breathing obstructions or major aesthetic problems.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other towns and suburbs in this section of California for rhinoplasty.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA.
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