Crooked noses are very common. Nearly 80 percent of people have some form of a deviated septum. This crooked appearance may be accompanied by an irregular sinus construction or a nasal obstruction. Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that generally focuses on the outside of your nose, while septoplasty straightens the septum (the wall dividing the nostrils).
Restoring balance, proportion, and proper nasal function to your nose requires a surgeon who is well-versed in rhinoplasty procedures. Dr. Bryan Correa is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in nasal surgery. He can work with you to determine what’s causing the crooked shape, then recommend the best treatment option for your unique situation.
What Causes Crooked Noses?
If your nose doesn’t follow a straight vertical line down the center of your face, you may have a deviation of the septum. Some people are born with this deviation, while others develop one following an injury. Deviated septums may cause nosebleeds, breathing problems, sleep disturbances, or all of these.
In addition to genetics and injuries, crooked noses can be the result of tumors or severe infections. Depending on the cause, the degree of crookedness may be subtle or very dramatic and take on a C-, I-, or S-shape.
What is Septoplasty?
A functional rhinoplasty, also known as a septoplasty, corrects an obstructed airway. Septoplasty helps straighten your nose by reshaping the wall between your nasal passages. This procedure can address nasal airway blockages caused by trauma or genetics. It can also correct a previous rhinoplasty procedure.
Patients with obstructed breathing may suffer from:
- Chronic sinus infections
- Loud breathing and snoring during sleep
- Sinus pressure and headaches
- Dry mouth
- Postnasal drip
Equally as culpable as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates (turbinate hypertrophy) and internal or external valve collapse may be alternative structural causes of restricted breathing. Functional rhinoplasty can be performed at the same time as an aesthetic rhinoplasty, which will enhance the outward appearance of your nose.
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A Complex Procedure with an Artist’s Touch
Repairing a crooked nose may be a more complex procedure than other types of rhinoplasty. It requires special expertise and artistry on the part of the surgeon. The operation may be made more challenging by the following:
- Deviated cartilage and bone have a tendency to drift back towards its pre-operative position.
- Crooked noses frequently occur on asymmetrical faces, making it difficult to establish a true midline.
- In cases where a crooked nose is the result of a trauma, nasal bones may have shifted and healed into a crooked position.
Dr. Correa has years of experience helping countless men and women achieve natural-looking results through rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures. Patients with distinct ethnic features choose Correa Plastic Surgery when they want a surgeon who understands the structural and aesthetic differences present in different cultures. During your consultation, Dr. Correa will answer all your questions and customize a procedure that takes into account your goals and aesthetic concerns.
Dr Correa and staff did an excellent job taking care of me from start to finish. They were very realistic about the results i could expect and did a great job helping me achieve them. This was my first surgery and it was needed primarily to help with a nose breathing problem but I did have the bump on my nose fixed for looks. Finding the right doctor can be difficult as your nose can really define how you look. Well I can honestly say im glad I chose Dr Correa because I can actually breath through my nose properly for the first time and i love my new look.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning more about Rhinoplasty procedures? Schedule your free consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Correa by filling out the form on this page or by calling Correa Plastic Surgery at (281) 419-9119. Proudly serving patients in The Woodlands & Houston, TX.
*Individual results may vary.