Fixing a Crooked Nose with Rhinoplasty

Our nose is one of the most prominent features on our face. A well-shaped nose adds to the beauty of the face. Who doesn’t want a well-structured nose? While some people are blessed with noses that look like they have been sculpted, many of us are not lucky enough to be blessed with such a nose naturally. In other cases, injury creates a malformed appearance for the nose.

Many people constantly worry about the crooked shape of their nose and how it affects their overall appearance. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery has an answer to people who have been praying for some miracle to correct their crooked nose. Individuals who are dissatisfied about the shape of their nose can opt for cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can be used to reshape the nose in a number of ways, including straightening a crooked nose. This is done by reshaping the bones and/or cartilage that form the nasal architecture.


Prior to the procedure, it is important to discuss your medical history with your surgeon in order to eliminate any risks during the procedure. Make sure that you undergo the surgery only under the directions of a board-certified medical professional. You will be asked to stay away from smoking and from taking painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as these are blood thinners and may cause complications during the course of the surgery.

Rhinoplasty to Correct a Crooked Nose

During the surgery, you will be administered either general or local anesthesia depending on your choice and a couple of other factors as well.

The surgeon then makes incisions in order to reach the bones and cartilage. The bone and cartilage of the nasal septum is then reshaped according to requirements. In some cases, the upper third of the nose has been displaced. This area is made primarily of bone. Other cases involve the lower two thirds of the nose, which are internally composed of cartilage.

To shift the upper third back into place, osteotomy may be required. This is the surgical cutting of the nasal bones in order to reposition and correct them. Once the nose has been restructured and reshaped, the surgeon then sutures the skin back in place. Sometimes, surgeons may support the nose using nasal splints, and the patient may have bandaging around their nose for a few days or so.

After the Procedure

The nasal splint and bandages will be removed on your first follow-up visit to your surgeon. Some patients experience swelling, redness, and bruising around the area where the surgery has been performed. This is quite normal and is a side effect of the surgery. The sensations are temporary and usually subside within a short while. Ice packs can be the best remedy to treat soreness and puffiness.

You will be prescribed antibiotics, which are to be taken when specified by the doctor to eliminate the risk of any infections. Painkillers will also be prescribed and should be taken as needed.

Recovery is partially complete after two weeks. Complete recovery may take up to a month. During this period, it is advisable to stay away from activities that involve physical exertion or could have a direct impact on your nose. Full results will be seen after healing is complete and swelling has fully ameliorated.

Arrange a Rhinoplasty Consultation with Our Office

Want to have your crooked nose corrected using rhinoplasty? If so, contact our office to set up an informative consultation. With the help of experienced double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Bared, you can have a straighter nose and feel more comfortable with your appearance.

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Dr. Anthony Bared

Dr. Anthony Bared, MD, FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and hair restoration. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Bared by calling 800-943-7295.

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