Everyone’s nose is different. If your nose doesn’t follow a straight, vertical line down the center of your face, this means you have a crooked nose. It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of people worldwide have some type of crooked nose.
Some people do not even know they have a crooked nose, while others may have a severe deformity. Most cases of a crooked nose are just a cosmetic concern, but they may negatively affect breathing. In addition to a nasal deformity and difficulty breathing, a crooked nose can lead to:
Difficulty sleeping on one side
Common sinus and nasal infections
You should visit a doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
Pain or discomfort
Sinus or nasal infections
A crooked nose that has been present since birth typically doesn’t cause any problems, and the medical treatment might not be necessary.
If you have ever wondered how to fix your crooked nose, you probably know that the internet is full of exercises that promise to straighten your nose. But there is no guarantee they are effective. We’ve collected three treatment options for a crooked nose that can help you get a straight nose and even get rid of some issues:
Cosmetic rhinoplasty is aimed at improving the appearance and proportion of your nose. This can help boost your facial harmony as well as self-confidence.
Functional rhinoplasty is similar to cosmetic rhinoplasty, but it’s usually performed to fix functional issues like frequent infections, pain, and nosebleeds.
In some cases, your doctor might use dermal fillers to correct a crooked nose. Dermal fillers are also called liquid rhinoplasty. This option can reshape your nose without surgical intervention. Liquid rhinoplasty typically doesn’t cause significant discomfort and doesn’t require long recovery.
Keep in mind that dermal fillers provide temporary results and you will need to undergo annual treatments to maintain your look. Liquid rhinoplasty has the following benefits:
It costs less than surgical treatment options
It’s minimally invasive
It carries less risk than surgical procedures
It requires less recovery time
Your doctor should consider your suitability for liquid rhinoplasty. Talk to your doctor about the advantages and possible risks of nasal fillers and other treatment options for your crooked nose.
Septoplasty is a surgical treatment aimed at reshaping the septum. A septum is a wall between the right and left nasal passage. Septoplasty is suitable for you if you have a deviated septum and/or nasal airway obstruction. A deviated septum can cause a crooked nose, therefore your doctor might also straighten your nose with functional rhinoplasty. Septoplasty in conjunction with functional rhinoplasty is called septorhinoplasty.
These two procedures are common and safe options for nose issues. They rarely carry side effects and complications. But you still need to discuss possible risks of surgery with your doctor before getting septoplasty or septorhinoplasty. Risks of septoplasty and rhinoplasty are rare but still possible. These might include:
Loss of smell
Hole of the septum
If you suspect you have nasal deformities or you suffer from difficulty breathing, frequent nosebleeds, sleep issues, and/or nose pain, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider. There are lots of reasons for having these symptoms, including but not limited to nasal allergies or chronic sinusitis.
Don’t waste your time on exercises as they might have zero effect. Instead, look for a board-certified surgeon who will provide you with proper treatment.