Crooked nose

    Last updated date: 27-Apr-2023

    Originally Written in English

    Crooked nose

    Crooked nose


    Because of the simultaneous participation of highly essential practical and cosmetic features, the crooked nose is definitely the most severe nasal septum malformation. Because most interpersonal relationships are performed face-to-face, departure of the nasal pyramid from the median line is quickly apparent to even the most inattentive observer. The surgical procedures used to treat this pathology must consider the risk of relapse due to the elastic "memory" of the cartilage and avoid any undue weakening of the structure, which could result in nasal dorsum collapse.


    What is Crooked Nose?

    Crooked Nose

    Crooked Nose is an asymmetric nose that is distinguished by deviation of the bony top third and/or the cartilaginous bottom two-thirds of the nose. The deviation is frequently sinusoid in shape, and the tip may or may not be in the midline (S-shaped crooked nose deformity). As substantial difficulty in nasal breathing is invariably paired with unsightliness that cannot be masked, the implications for the patient are severe in both practical and aesthetic dimensions.

    Crooked nose structural issues frequently relate to nose functional issues such as nasal blockage and hinder optimum surgical therapy.


    Why is my nose crooked?

    Only roughly 20% of people have a flawless nose. The rest of us stroll about with some crookedness. Here are a few of the causes of a crooked nose:

    • Injuries
    • Birth defects, such as a cleft lip or cleft palate
    • Severe or chronic infections
    • Botched nose jobs
    • Tumors

    Most of the time, a crooked nose is just a cosmetic condition, and individuals who don't like what they see in the mirror typically choose for rhinoplasty to straighten, shorten, smooth, or contour it. Although this cosmetic operation is quite popular, it is not always essential. However, there are various medical reasons why you may require a nose job.

    Although the nose receives a lot of attention for its role in your look, it's important to remember why it's there in the first place: to assist you breathe. Anyone who has had a typical cold knows how annoying a blocked nose can be. Imagine having obstructed nasal passages for the rest of your life.

    A medical condition occurs when your nose has structural abnormalities that make it difficult to breathe regularly. Sleeping, exercising, and speaking may be difficult if you have considerable nasal blockage. It might also be the root cause of snoring and sleep apnea.


    Can I fix my crooked nose without surgery?

    crooked nose non-surgical

    Whatever non-surgical methods you find online, the fact is that you cannot permanently modify the form of your nose without surgery. Some people may think about filling up the soft tissue regions of their nose with injectable material, such as soft tissue fillers, to hide the asymmetrical look of the bones and cartilage. Because these fillers may have adverse effects, consult with your doctor before choosing if it is the best solution for you.


    Nonsurgical treatments

    Nonsurgical treatments of crooked nose

    Soft tissue fillers, a nonsurgical treatment option, may be recommended by a doctor for less severe symptoms of a crooked nose. Fillers are materials that are injected into the soft tissues of the nose. This conceals crookedness by filling in regions of the nose that seem out of shape or out of position.

    For some people, soft tissue fillers may be a more appealing option to surgery since they:

    • Are minimally invasive
    • Less costly than surgery
    • Require less recovery time
    • Potentially carry less risk, such as reaction to anesthetic

    There are several sorts of fillers, and some are more dangerous than others. All fillers have the potential for skin thinning and infection. Nasal fillers can cause necrosis, or skin loss of the nose, in rare situations.

    A surgeon must evaluate each patient's appropriateness for nasal filler therapy. People should talk to their doctor about the benefits and dangers of fillers and other forms of therapy.

    • Exercises

    Some people and websites suggest that workouts may be used to reverse or repair a crooked nose. Some workouts require the usage of gadgets to attain the desired outcomes.

    There is, however, no scientific proof that any workout serves to fix a crooked nose. It is not feasible to change the position of bones or cartilage through exercise. Only surgery can accomplish this.

    • Dermal Fillers (Liquid Rhinoplasty)

    Dermal fillers such as Restylane can be used to straighten a crooked nose in some circumstances. Dermal filler injections, sometimes known as "liquid rhinoplasty," can occasionally remodel the nose without the need for surgery. This approach is completely non-surgical, causes no discomfort, and needs no downtime. However, the benefits of a liquid rhinoplasty are only temporary, and patients must return for yearly procedures to preserve their appearance.

    Surgical options

    Surgical options of crooked nose

    While fillers can help to slightly improve crooked noses, surgery is typically required for more severe cases.

    Rhinoplasty is a procedure that alters the form of the nose. There are two types of rhinoplasty: functional rhinoplasty, which is used to alleviate breathing and sinus issues caused by an accident or a birth abnormality, and cosmetic rhinoplasty, which is used to change the form of the nose for cosmetic purposes.

    Both procedures can be done under general or local anesthesia and can range from minimally invasive to more extensive depending on the extent of correction necessary. Small cuts between or inside your nostrils will be made by your surgeon, and your skin will be separated from your cartilage or bone. Following that, the nose is reshaped by adding or subtracting skin, cartilage, bone, or all three.

    Rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure. As with any major surgery, there are dangers to the operation, including:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
    • Difficulty breathing through the nose
    • Permanent numbness in and around the nose
    • Pain, discoloration, swelling or scarring
    • An uneven-looking nose and the need for additional surgery
    • A hole in the septum

    Slight alterations to the anatomy of your nose can make a significant difference in its look. Most of the time, a rhinoplasty will provide you and your surgeon with satisfactory results. However, in rare circumstances, a second operation may be required to get greater results.

    A good rhinoplasty will fix structural defects in your nose, help you breathe better, sleep better, and even boost your confidence.



    Septoplasty is a surgical technique that straightens the septum, which is the bone and cartilage that splits the area between your two nostrils. It is performed to alleviate breathing issues caused by a significantly twisted septum. When just the septum has to be straightened and no outward alteration in the look of the nose is necessary, it can be performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty or as a stand-alone treatment.

    Typically, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made within your nose on the cartilage or bones to trim, relocate, or replace them. Sutures that dissolve are used to seal the incisions. Packing the nose with gauze and nasal tampons is no longer necessary, and patients can avoid having to stay in the hospital for many days to have their packs removed.

    Your nasal tissues will be stabilized in 2 to 4 months after surgery. For up to a year or longer following surgery, the cartilage and tissue may continue to shift or reconfigure gradually.

    The great majority of patients see an improvement in their symptoms after having a septoplasty. On rare circumstances, a second operation to improve the nose and septum may be required. For many individuals who have lived with a clogged nasal passage for a long period, the alteration in the airway can be life-changing.

    Risks from a septoplasty surgery include the following:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
    • A change in the shape of the nose
    • Decreased sense of smell
    • A hole in the septum
    • Blood clots in the nasal space requiring drainage


    Broken Nose Surgery

    Broken Nose

    A crooked nose can form spontaneously during adolescent development or as a result of earlier trauma. Before conducting rhinoplasty on a broken nose, a certain amount of time must pass. This allows the healing process to be completed and the swelling to return to normal.

    There is a two-week window after the injury to do a closed reduction of the nasal bones. That is, they must be physically pushed and fractured back into place.

    If aesthetic alterations to the nose are recommended, the patient should wait 3-6 months before proceeding with surgery to allow the edema, inflammation, and scar tissue to settle. As a result, the nose does not have two continuing healing processes following rhinoplasty. The surgeon is also starting with a baseline nose and not overcorrecting owing to trauma edema.


    Common Questions on Crooked Nose Rhinoplasty

    Crooked Nose Rhinoplasty

    • Is rhinoplasty for a broken nose different than rhinoplasty for a crooked nose?
      A crooked nose can form spontaneously during adolescent development or as a result of earlier trauma. A certain amount of time must elapse before rhinoplasty on a fractured nose may be performed. This allows the healing process to be completed and the swelling to return to normal.

    • Does a deviated septum cause a crooked nose?
      A crooked nose or asymmetric nostrils can result from a deviated septum. Correcting a deviated septum with septoplasty, on the other hand, does not inevitably straighten a crooked nose, and vice versa. The nose's exterior structure is made up of thin cartilage and bone. These are inextricably linked with the septum through the center. In order to correct a crooked nose with rhinoplasty, these thin cartilages, in addition to the bone, may need to be molded and changed. 

    • Do you have to break the bones to correct a crooked nose with rhinoplasty?
      Many patients wonder if rhinoplasty requires breaking the bones. A nasal hump is commonly removed during rhinoplasty. Patients frequently want to narrow their noses. When a dorsal hump is removed, the nose may become wider, resulting in an open roof malformation. When this happens, the nasal bones must be shattered and pulled in to seal the open roof. This will also make the nose narrower.


    The Difficulties of Correcting a Crooked Noses 

    For numerous reasons, correcting a crooked nose is one of the most challenging kinds of cosmetic nose improvement. For starters, the majority of patients have additional facial asymmetries that make getting a completely straight nose unfeasible. Although the surgery will enhance the appearance of the nose, it may not be able to totally straighten it. This is why it is critical for patients to choose a board-certified surgeon with particular experience treating crooked noses.

    Second, cartilage has "memory," which might alter how straight the nose remains after the treatment. While the nose may be straight following surgery, the cartilage occasionally attempts to return to its former (bent) posture. If the deviation was caused by trauma or previous surgery, the scar from those events makes cartilage straightening considerably more difficult.

    Various surgical approaches can reduce the chance of re-deviation; the more experienced the surgeon, the lower the risk of postoperative deviation. Very skilled surgeons have revision rates of less than 5% in primary instances, which means that after one year after healing, the chance of success in terms of both function and look of the once crooked nose is greater than 95%.


    When to see a doctor?

    Crooked noses seldom pose medical problems. However, it is probable that you will encounter functional concerns, such as breathing difficulties. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor who can advise you on the best treatment choice for you:

    • Swelling, pain and redness
    • Bleeding
    • Hearing a crackling or crunching noise when touching your nose
    • Finding it hard to breathe through your nose
    • Feeling like your nose is blocked



    rhinoplasty before-after

    A crooked nose is one that has some curve rather than a straight vertical line down the middle of the face. Crooked noses can range in severity from hardly apparent to spectacularly noticeable. While some curvatures are simply ornamental in nature, many cases of a crooked nose can cause breathing difficulties. Those who are concerned about their crooked nose or want to learn more about the solutions available should consult their doctor.