Rhinoplasty can address a wide range of aesthetic and functional nasal issues. One of these problems is a crooked nose, one of the most difficult issues to fix with nasal surgery but among the more common reasons people seek rhinoplasty. Are you considering rhinoplasty to fix crookedness? Here are some things to know about rhinoplasty for a crooked nose.
Reasons to Address a Crooked Nose
There are several reasons it is a good idea to address a crooked nose with rhinoplasty, including:
- Facial Balance. Since the nose is a dominant facial feature, a crooked nose can throw off the balance and symmetry of the entire face. Rhinoplasty can help restore symmetry, balance, and harmony to the face. Many patients are surprised by how different they look following surgery, even with the slightest of modification.
- Breathing Problems. A crooked nose often involves a nasal obstruction or deviated septum that can cause minor to severe breathing problems. A septorhinoplasty involving cosmetic and functional changes can correct breathing problems and create better nasal aesthetics simultaneously.
- General Aesthetics. Functional issues aside, most people with crooked noses do not like the appearance of their nose. This is more than enough reason to consider nasal surgery with a plastic surgeon.
Any decision to undergo rhinoplasty should be made exclusively by the patient, with no outside influence or pressure. People who are pressured into the decision often regret going through with surgery later on.
Causes of Crooked Noses
Crooked noses can be caused by a number of factors. Some common causes include:
- Childhood or Recent Injury. Nasal injuries are very common in children, but unfortunately the nose does not mature until mid to late teens, so childhood nasal deformities are often reconstructed at a later time. Nasal trauma at any phase of life can cause crookedness, however, resulting in the need for surgery.
- Genetic Deformity. Some people are simply born with crooked noses, which may or may not involve a breathing issue.
- Deviated Septum. One of the most common reasons for nasal crookedness is a deviated septum, which causes one half of the airway to be wider than the other. This problem can result in significant breathing problems.
- Valve Collapse. Sometimes, when nasal valves collapse (particularly if only on one side), it can make the nose appear crooked and asymmetrical, even if it is not structurally crooked.
Rhinoplasty Procedure for a Crooked Nose
Each rhinoplasty is different, but the procedures for fixing a crooked nose may involve some of the following techniques:
- Breaking and resetting the nasal bones (usually for addressing an old injury)
- Straightening and strengthening the septum
- Use of cartilage grafts and struts to aid in straightening and creating a strong nasal foundation
- Nasal hump reduction
Your surgeon should walk you through the steps of your unique surgery before the operation, if you desire.
A Complicated Procedure
Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult plastic surgeries to perform, and repairing a crooked nose is one of the more complex operations available. Because of this, it is especially important to do your research, pick a skilled and experienced surgeon, and follow all instructions provided as closely as possible. Being diligent in these steps increases chances of a good outcome.
Choosing a Rhinoplasty Specialist
The number of plastic surgeons offering rhinoplasty can be overwhelming, so it is important to know what to look for in a rhinoplasty specialist. Here are some traits to look for in prospective surgeons:
- Board certified
- Highly experienced
- Dedicated facial plastic surgeon
- Emphasizes and is passionate about rhinoplasty
- Has stellar before and after photos
- Possesses a good bedside manner and answers questions fully and honestly
- Emphasizes patient safety and fully explains post- and pre-op instructions
If you are looking for a rhinoplasty expert with these traits in the Boston area, then come visit Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover’s passion for perfecting the art of rhinoplasty combined with over two decades of experience allows him to help a wide variety of patients achieve the nose of their dreams. Call either location to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bentkover today.