Crooked noses may be an issue from birth, or they can be caused by an accident or injury. No matter the cause of your crooked nose, rhinoplasty — also called nose surgery — could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
How Can Rhinoplasty Fix a Crooked Nose?
When a patient has a crooked nose, several different areas may be affected. Whether your crooked nose is due to an asymmetry in the bone near the upper part of the nose, unevenness of the upper or lower cartilage at the base or tip, or issues in multiple areas, rhinoplasty can almost certainly ameliorate the problem.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves adjusting the underlying structure of the nose through the use of manual manipulation, cartilage grafting, and other techniques. The surgery requires general anesthesia and several weeks or more of recovery.
Like tummy tucks and liposuction, the procedure itself is extremely common in the United States today. You may even know someone who has already had rhinoplasty, though they may not readily reveal the fact.
What Causes a Crooked Nose?
Various situations may cause a person’s nose to appear crooked. These include:
- A birth defect
- Congenital condition
- Past rhinoplasty
- An injury or accident that caused a broken nose
- A deviated septum
How Can a Deviated Septum Cause a Crooked Nose?
In some cases, a deviated septum may be causing your crooked or asymmetrical nose. This can happen when the septum, which is a thin wall of cartilage that divides the nasal cavity, becomes displaced.
However, septoplasty alone — when used to fix a deviated septum — will not entirely fix the aesthetics of a crooked nose. If both a person’s breathing and the improvement of their nose’s appearance are to be fixed, a septorhinoplasty (combination of septoplasty and rhinoplasty) should be performed.
The Challenge of Rhinoplasty for Men and Women With Crooked Noses
Rhinoplasty alone is often considered one of the most challenging forms of plastic surgery. And fixing a crooked nose can be exceedingly difficult.
One of the reasons for this is that crookedness of the nose may be isolated to the bones and cartilage in the nose, but it may also be a symptom of something structural in the face. If the face itself is not symmetrical, then the nose will indeed appear to drift to one side.
At your consultation appointment, Dr. Lahar will give you a brief physical examination to determine what exactly is causing your nose’s crookedness. The goal of your surgery will be to create a midline in your face that is in the true center.
Another challenge that. Dr. Lahar will be looking out for is the nose drifting back to a crooked position after surgery.
What to Expect From Rhinoplasty Surgery
Depending on what exactly you would like to treat with rhinoplasty surgery, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Most rhinoplasty are performed outpatient, so you’ll go home on the same day as your procedure. General anesthesia is typically used.
- There are two main types of rhinoplasty: open and closed. Open rhinoplasty requires a small incision to be made on the outside of the nose — on the columella (the small piece of skin that divides the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasty only requires incisions that are hidden inside the nose.
- Be prepared for before and after rhinoplasty. This procedure requires a considerable amount of downtime during recovery. You need to take at least several weeks off from school or work, so plan accordingly.
- A considerable amount of swelling will occur on and around the nose and sometimes on other parts of the face, such as under the eyes. You will need to wear bandages and a rhinoplasty splint after your procedure. Follow the recovery instructions from Dr. Lahar to minimize swelling and start seeing your results as soon as possible.
What Else Can Rhinoplasty Achieve?
While crooked nose rhinoplasty is certainly the go-to surgery when someone’s nose is asymmetrical, the procedure can also fix many other aesthetic and functional issues related to the nose.
For example, those who would like to make their noses bigger, smaller, straighter, or thinner can usually turn to rhinoplasty to achieve these goals. Fixing a bump in the nose is commonly done with rhinoplasty as well. And lastly, another common feature that patients may want to fix is an overly bulbous nasal tip.
For patients experiencing difficult or uncomfortable breathing, a deviated septum is the most common culprit. Breathing issues can commonly be fixed with septoplasty, which is a type of rhinoplasty.
FAQs About Rhinoplasty
What can fix a crooked nose?
Rhinoplasty is the ideal surgery for fixing a crooked nose. If the asymmetry is minimal, liquid rhinoplasty or non-surgical rhinoplasty may work to fix the issue as well. Keep in mind, however, that non-surgical rhinoplasty is not permanent.
How much is rhinoplasty for a crooked nose?
Surgery to fix a crooked nose costs anywhere from $3000 to $10,000 — or more in some cases. It all depends on what exactly you would like to change or improve and what techniques Dr. Lahar will need to use to achieve these goals.
Where can I find liquid rhinoplasty near me?
Dr. Nicholas Lahar performs liquid rhinoplasty in the Beverly Hills, CA area. To learn more about this procedure, as well as surgical rhinoplasty, book a consultation appointment with him today.
What if I have a crooked nose after rhinoplasty?
If you notice a crooked nose after rhinoplasty, this could be caused by asymmetrical healing. Be sure to avoid sleeping or lying on your side after rhinoplasty as this can be a main cause of crooked healing. If you have any questions about a crooked nose after rhinoplasty, be sure to contact Dr. Lahar as soon as possible.
Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?
Most rhinoplasty surgeries are considered elective, and in this way, they are not eligible for health insurance coverage. On the other hand, if you are getting rhinoplasty because of a breathing issue, it is possible that your health insurance will cover all or some of the procedure.
Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation Today
Correcting a crooked or otherwise misshapen nose can alter your life for the better in a myriad of ways — strengthening your confidence and boosting your self-esteem. Just take a look at our rhinoplasty before and after gallery to get an idea of what this procedure can accomplish.
Interested in learning more about rhinoplasty to fix a crooked nose? Contact our office today to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Lahar.