Can a rhinoplasty help to fix a crooked nose?
A rhinoplasty can definitely help a crooked nose. The first thing to determine is what is causing the crooked nose, and from there you can figure out the solution to the problem. It can be anywhere from the bones being crooked or the cartilage being crooked, and there are different maneuvers for each of them. In addition, typically people who have crooked noses also have trouble breathing through the nose and this can be fixed at the same time.
Undergoing a Rhinoplasty to Make a Nose Straight
A crooked nose is a very difficult problem to deal with as there are multiple reasons why a nose can be crooked. The first step is to correct any deviated septum, which is necessary to fix a crooked nose. If the nose is still crooked after a septoplasty, then the surgeon usually places cartilage grafts along the bridge of the nose to make it more straight. The nice thing about this is that usually those grafts can help improve breathing and support the nose. As the patient heals, breathing should be better. A reasonable expectation is to have a nose that is straighter after rhinoplasty but achieving a perfectly straight nose is very difficult. The reason is because the nose is susceptible to any healing issues, as well as memory of the bones and cartilage; the nose wants to shift back to its original crooked state.
Can revision rhinoplasty correct asymmetric results?
Rhinoplasty in and of itself is a very difficult operation. Sometimes things do not go well or the nose heals in a certain manner, which leaves you a little unsatisfied. It is best to wait six months before attempting to correct asymmetric results. It can be corrected depending on what the problem is. Sometimes it is a bone that needs to be moved in or out, or a piece of cartilage needs to be restored. You should keep your surgeon aware of any dissatisfaction and then they will be dealt with in an appropriate manner when the time is right.
To learn more about general rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty, contact our Beverly Hills office at (310) 772-2866.