Generally, a crooked nose is a nose that doesn’t follow a straight line down your face. This can be due to genetics, or because of a past injury. Crooked noses can cause low self-esteem and insecurity due to the fact that they negatively affect the overall symmetry and proportions of your face. In addition, while concerns related to a crooked nose are usually only cosmetic, a crooked nose can also cause breathing issues if the shape of a crooked nose results in airway obstruction.
There are a number of different factors that can lead to a crooked nose. You may be born with a crooked nose, or may have one as a result of surgery or an injury. Depending on the cause of your crooked nose, your nose may be either C-, I-, or S-shaped.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at the various causes of a crooked nose.
In some cases, a crooked nose can be caused by an injury, such as a broken or fractured nose. If the bones and cartilage affected by a broken nose or fracture do not heal properly, such a physical trauma can permanently affect the nose’s appearance.
Birth irregularities or defects commonly cause crooked noses. These deformities can include congenital masses or bumps on the nose, blockages of the bony opening of the nose, or a cleft lip or palate. In addition, some individuals with crooked noses have them as a result of forcep delivery during a difficult or breech birth.
A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage and bone that separates the nasal cavity (the nostrils) is not centred, which means one of your nasal air passages is smaller than the other. This can also result in a crooked nose, in addition to nasal obstruction and difficulty breathing. A deviated septum may be present from birth, or may occur as a result of a nasal injury.
Some surgeries may result in crooked noses, which may then require subsequent surgeries — such as rhinoplasty — to correct. In addition, the growth of cancerous masses or tumours on or near the nose, or severe infections that result in significant swelling or inflammation, can also affect the symmetry of the nose.
If a crooked nose causes significant breathing problems, either due to the presence of an obstructive mass, a deviated septum, or other structural issue, a crooked nose may be considered a medical problem. In these cases, corrective or reconstructive surgery to address the root cause of the nasal obstruction may be covered by your medical insurance.
In these cases, you may benefit from what is known as a functional rhinoplasty. Functional rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that is concerned with nasal function, with the focus on restoring normal breathing. It differs from cosmetic rhinoplasty, which focuses on improving the appearance and symmetry of the nose; however, the procedure itself and the outcomes may be the same.
You may find some literature online to suggest that certain facial exercises and non-surgical manipulations can fix a crooked nose. However, there is no scientific evidence to correct these claims. While some treatments, like facial massage, can be therapeutic and stress-relieving, these treatments are not meant to (and cannot) permanently correct or address facial irregularities.
If your crooked nose is not very significant or severe, it may be possible to correct the issue with soft tissue fillers, rather than surgery. This type of procedure involves injecting materials into the soft tissues of the nose, in order to add volume to areas of the nose that appear out of shape. Filling in these areas can help to correct the overall symmetry of the nose, and reduce or eliminate the appearance of crookedness. The use of fillers to correct cosmetic irregularities of the nose is often called the “five-minute nose job.”
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The cost to fix a crooked nose with rhinoplasty (also known as a “nose job”) begins at $9,999.
In most cases, the best solution to a crooked nose is rhinoplasty. At SpaMedica, Dr. Mulholland and Dr. Bell will work with you to determine the best type of rhinoplasty for your specific concerns and desired results and will discuss any concerns you have with you in a consultation ahead of your surgery.
At SpaMedica, there are two types of rhinoplasty: external rhinoplasty and internal rhinoplasty. For an external rhinoplasty, a small incision is made in the base of the nose, and the nasal skin is lifted up over the bone structure. This type of procedure is best for patients that require significant alterations to their bone structure. In an internal rhinoplasty, the incisions are placed within the nose and the nostrils. While this approach does not involve an external incision and minimizes the risk of visible scarring, it is not recommended for more complex work. Often, a combination of both internal and external rhinoplasty will be recommended for best results.
If you are considering rhinoplasty for a crooked nose, contact SpaMedica today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell.
During an injection rhinoplasty procedure, a safe injectable dermal filler, such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Teosyal or Voluma can be injected along the bridge of the nose and create the appearance of a straighter, more centred nose and nasal-facial proportion.
A nose surgery that reconstructs and reshapes the nose to look more beautiful and aesthetic.