It is possible to fix a crooked nose through a surgical procedure known as rhinoplasty. The results of rhinoplasty can be long-lasting and provide an improved aesthetic look for those with a crooked nose.
Why is my nose crooked?
A crooked nose can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, trauma, previous surgery, or even a deviated septum. In some cases, the cause of the crookedness is unknown. Fortunately, there are several ways to fix a crooked nose. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular options for correcting a crooked nose.
Straightening a crooked nose is one of the more difficult endeavors in rhinoplasty. Addressing the issue of straightening an extremely crooked nose takes an understanding of the different components of the nose.
The nose can be thought of composing of three essential areas: the upper portion consisting of the nasal bones, the mid-portion of the nose referred to as the middle vault, and the tip of the nose. Either one or all of these components may be attributed to the crooked appearance of the nose.
Crooked nose photos: Before and After Rhinoplasty
Good photographs from different angles are essential in analyzing the nose. The photos reveal to a surgeon a lot of the underlying framework of the nose contributing to the crooked appearance of the nose.
The photos may also reveal asymmetries of the face itself which may also contribute to the crooked appearance of the nose. The first assessments of the nose itself are the nasal bones: These could deviate in any number of different positions.
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Crooked Nose Rhinoplasty Steps
Step 1: Grafting cartilage
A simple septoplasty will often not correct the deviation. Most of the time cartilage grafts from the septum will be necessary in order to give the nose a straighter appearance. These grafts need to be positioned in such a manner that they not only correct the deviated portion of the nose but also provide long-term structure and stability to the nose.
Step 2: Straightening of the bones
The straightening of the bones is performed through osteotomies or the controlled fracturing (breaking) of the bones to realign them. The most intricate aspect of the straightening of the nose is the middle third of the nose or the middle vault.
Multiple cartilages contribute to the shape of the middle third of the nose: the septum as well as cartilages on either side of the septum known as the upper lateral cartilages. These can all be deviated in any number of different positions. Herein is where most noses remain deviated even after attempts are made to straighten the nose.
Correcting a crooked dorsum requires meticulous attention to detail and, at times, aggressive techniques to try and provide for a long-term correction.
Correcting the septum and placing it in the midline is essential as this provides the main framework for the nose. After the upper and mid-portion of the nose are corrected I then turn my attention to the nasal tip.
Step 3: Correction of the nasal tip
Again the placement of the septum in the midline is key to the correction of the nasal tip. Once the septum is set in the midline then the cartilages which support and make up the tip can be positioned around it.
In the severely deviated nose, these cartilages which make up the tip (lower lateral cartilages) are often asymmetric as well. If so, maneuvers need to be performed to try and create symmetry between the two sides.
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Can you fix a crooked nose without surgery?
Other treatments such as injectable fillers may also be used to correct minor deformities in the nose. Additionally, non-surgical treatments such as splints and taping may help improve the appearance of a crooked nose over time. Ultimately, consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon is the best way to determine which treatment option is right for you.
If you have a crooked nose, there are several options available to help correct the issue. Depending on the severity of your crooked nose, you may be able to use non-surgical methods such as splints or taping. However, if your crooked nose is more severe, you may need to consider surgical options such as rhinoplasty.
- Splints: Splints can be used to help straighten a crooked nose by gently pushing the cartilage back into place. This method is often used for minor cases of a crooked nose and can be done at home with the help of an ENT specialist or plastic surgeon.
- Taping: Taping can also be used to help straighten a crooked nose by using adhesive tape to hold the cartilage in place while it heals in its new position. This method is often used for minor cases of a crooked nose and can be done at home with the help of an ENT specialist or plastic surgeon.
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Attempting to adequately correct a crooked nose is a multifaceted approach that involves not only meticulous attention to detail and understanding of the different anatomical components of the nose but the execution of techniques that will provide adequate structural support.
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