The Ideal nose is when the nose body draws out a straight, vertical line down the center of the face. For a crooked nose, however, the opposite can be said as a slight or sharp curve is formed, making the nose appear crooked or bent.
A crooked nose can be a cause for concern in most cases in terms of functionality and aesthetics. A crooked nose, usually caused by a deviated septum, may cause problems in breathing due to the cartilage or bone inside the nose being bent to one side. For most people, it is a cause for anxiety and discontent appearance-wise because of its typically unappealing and peculiar aesthetic.
Fortunately, there are procedures available that are solely dedicated to fixing a crooked nose. Before diving into these procedures, however, it is essential first to know what causes a crooked nose in the first place. By pinpointing its source, a crooked nose may be adequately tackled and fixed more effectively.
How Do You Get a Crooked Nose?
There are numerous ways of obtaining a crooked nose. Curiously enough, a crooked nose may be obtained during different stages in one’s life, from birth up until adulthood. Furthermore, it should be noted that each cause of a crooked nose introduces its unique surgical challenges.
Hereditary & Birth Trauma
In most cases, a crooked nose may be possessed even before birth and is acquired through genetics. Additionally, this condition may also be caused by injuries sustained during childbirth.
The nose is highly vulnerable to injury due to its bulge and facial location. Any sudden and violent impact to the nose may cause trauma that can easily twist the nasal axis. Examples of high impact scenarios are inadvertently walking into a wall, vehicular accidents or getting punched or kicked in the face especially from playing contact sports.
Complications From a Prior Surgery
Most nose surgeries are generally successful. However, during instances wherein a prior surgery brings out complications, the outcome can be a crooked nose which requires another separate surgery to remedy.
In some rare cases, autoimmune illnesses that damage connective nasal tissue can weaken the structural integrity of the nose. As a result, it causes the nasal cartilage and bone to structurally weaken and results in the nose adopting a crooked shape.
How Do you fix a Crooked Nose?
Although there are a number of home remedies online detailing how to fix this facial deformity without the help from an expert, a crooked nose cannot be solved without seeking professional help from a licensed surgeon.
For crooked noses stemming from trauma, dislocated nasal bones can be “popped” back into place within the first 24 hours after suffering the injury or within the 7 to 14 days post-injury time window wherein the swelling has already gone down, but the bone and cartilages have not consolidated in the new deformed positions. Other than that, extensive surgery is required for most cases of a crooked nose. Most doctors will advise you to undergo any or a combination of the procedures listed below depending on the severity of your situation:
One must first understand the basic anatomy of the nose to completely understand how Septoplasty works.
The nasal septum is the wall in between the two nasal passages. The upper third of the septum is typically made of bone while the rest is composed of cartilage. If a nasal septum is bent or deviated dramatically enough to cause a crooked appearance to your nose and cause functional issues, then a septoplasty is warranted.
This procedure surgically removes parts of the septum that is dramatically deviated. For most cases, the central portion of the septum is removed with the remaining septum stitched back together or stitched to other nearby cartilage for added stability.
Septoplasty is often combined with a number of other nose procedures such as Rhinoplasty to finetune the nose’s overall aesthetic and other functional issues that may arise.
Rhinoplasty can be performed either through an open and closed approach.
With the open approach, small bridging incisions are made across the nostrils. The surgeon is given an additional perspective to view the underlying framework of the nasal structure entirely using this method. For the closed approach of rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils.
After the required incisions, necessary adjustments are made to repair the crookedness of the nasal structure such as creating controlled bone fractures and bone repositioning.
What to Expect After a Crooked Nose Surgery
Nose surgeries are typically performed as an outpatient procedure. The recovery period ranges from a few days to a week post-surgery. Some patients may take several weeks before fully recovering from the surgery depending on its complexity. One can expect the following outcomes after undergoing a nose surgery for a crooked nose:
- A more aesthetically pleasing aligned nasal structure
- A sleek and refined nasal appearance
- Breathing improvement
- An overall enhanced facial symmetry
All in all, patients should expect a drastically but harmoniously altered nose that may effectively solve breathing problem complications and relieve anxiety issues.