A crooked nose can not only look unattractive, it can also cause breathing problems. If you are unhappy with your nose’s shape, rhinoplasty can help.
RHINOPLASTY FOR A CROOKED NOSE
Rhinoplasty is a type of surgery that can correct or improve the shape and structure of the nose. If your nose is crooked, this procedure can help to correct the problem. Nasal disfigurement of this nature can occur due to injuries or can be present at birth. A nose can also become crooked because of diseases that can cause nasal degradation.
Along with being an aesthetic issue, a crooked nose can also cause difficulty in breathing. Rhinoplasty helps correct the deviation inside the nose that may be causing your breathing problem.
A deviated septum can make your nose look crooked. The nasal septum is the wall that divides the nasal passage into left and right sections. It is composed of bone and cartilage.
When the nose is crooked due to a deviated septum, one side of the nostril may be blocked or thinner than the other side. It can also lead to loud breathing, snoring, headaches, and nosebleeds. Sleep apnea, a dangerous condition in which breathing can stop during sleep, can also occur due to a deviated septum.
Rhinoplasty is a complex surgery requiring the expertise of an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. If you are unhappy with your nose’s shape, set up a consultation to discuss your options. Your doctor will examine your nose and recommend the best course of action to treat the problem.
Your surgeon will also take into account your medical history before the procedure. You will need to stop smoking and avoid use of pain relievers a few weeks before and after your surgery. It is important to discuss your rhinoplasty expectations with your doctor. Your doctor will design the surgery based on your nose’s shape and will correct the problem as best as possible.
Rhinoplasty can be done using intravenous sedation with local anesthesia, or your doctor might instead recommend general anesthesia based on your needs. The incisions needed for the procedure can be made on the inside of the nostrils or on the outside of the nose (on the columella) depending on the nasal area your doctor needs to access for the procedure.
Once the incisions have been created, your doctor will need to adjust the cartilage and/or bone of the nasal septum in order to straighten the nose. Your doctor will redrape the skin once the structure has been changed as desired. They will then dress the nose for the purpose of healing. Incisions will be closed with stitches, and a splint may also be used.
THE RECOVERY PROCESS
The rhinoplasty healing process can require around one week. A degree of swelling after rhinoplasty is natural, but much of it subsides within a few days. You will need to avoid heavy physical work, sun exposure, and stressful activities during this time.
Your doctor may remove your stitches after a week during a follow-up visit, and you may be able to resume your normal routine by this point. It can take longer for complete healing to take place, but it won’t hinder your daily schedule or pose any problems for you. Your doctor will recommend more follow-up visits to monitor the healing after rhinoplasty.
SCHEDULE A RHINOPLASTY CONSULTATION
Do you have a crooked nose that you wish looked straight? Contact the office of Dr. Pierre Chevray, a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, to set up an educational rhinoplasty consultation.