The amazing thing about rhinoplasty surgery is that it is capable of fixing even some of the most difficult nasal deformities. This includes a twisted or crooked nose.
Having a nose that appears bent may be the result of an injury or surgical error. However, some people are born with an overly angular nose. No matter what the cause of the problem, whether congenital or acquired, cosmetic nose surgery in the hands of an experienced facial plastic surgeon can correct the problem.
Anatomy of a Twisted Nose
When the nose appears twisted it’s likely because the nasal bones or cartilage inside the nose are also twisted. The interior tension caused by the deformity may push the tip of the nose toward the face at a downward angle, or it may cause an over-projection of the nose from the face. The nasal bridge may also bend to the left or to the right.
The type of rhinoplasty procedure used depends on how much surgical correction is needed. There are many techniques, including cartilage grafting and osteotomy, to correct the basic symmetry and nose angulation. Refinements to the bridge or tip of the nose can be made using one or more techniques. The delicate nasal bones may be cut and reset in order to correct and improve the nasal profile.
The surgeon may recommend less invasive suturing or camouflaging techniques to lessen the appearance of nasal deviation.
Your Nose Surgeon Knows Best
While there is no such thing as a perfectly straight nose, the surgeon will make every effort to achieve a perfect result. It will require a thorough evaluation of the basic symmetry of the patient’s face prior to surgery and determining the full extent of nasal or septal deviation. The choice of procedure depends on which part of the nose is twisted.
It’s generally easier to correct a crooked nose caused by trauma than it is to fix a congenitally twisted nose where certain internal tissues or structures may be undersized or absent.
In sum, rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult corrective surgeries to perform and fixing a twisted nose is one of the most difficult sub-categories of procedures. Talk with a board certified facial plastic surgeon experienced in rhinoplasty to find out if you are a candidate for nose surgery.
Dr. Philip Miller is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with offices located at 60 East 56th, Third Floor, New York, N.Y. Call (212) 750-7100 for a personal consultation.