What is wrong with my nose? (photos)

My nose is extremely crooked & I hate it! My right nostril is wider than my left nostril & it makes me look like a witch. I would love to get surgery so that both sides look like the left side of my nose. What kind of surgery would I require & about how much would it cost? I am 14 years old & have not finished going through puberty, so is my nose done growing? I am not sure if I have a deviated septum. I don't have trouble breathing, but I get colds & headaches often. Thank you so much!

Doctor Answers 2

Young for a rhinoplasty

Thank you for your inquiry!

At a young age when the nose is still developing and it is not recommended to have a rhinoplasty before that. I would recommend to involve your parents in this process as they can be a great support to you.

It is important to mention that the finest cosmetic results in any particular case are based on a variety of factors, including: the unique anatomy of the patient, realistic expectations, a well-informed and detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon concerning the best options for you especially covering a deep understanding of the pros and cons of any given choice you will adopt.

Please keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon online who offers to tell you what to do without a physical examination covering the nature and the status of the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative solution would not be in your best interest. With that in mind, it is the safest and for your best interest to find a plastic surgeon with solid experience and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is ideally a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that you will trust and be comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Good luck!!!

Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty facts

Dear Puurple,

The type of surgery that you would need is called a Rhinoplasty - Rhino- meaning "nose" in Greek and -plasty meaning "molded."  Rhinoplasty costs can vary depending on your specific situation and your location, but you should see a plastic surgeon for a customized quote tailored for you.  According to Realself.com's Treatments page, the average cost is $6,825.

I can see from your photos that there is some asymmetry, but it is not that noticeable.  As far as determining whether you have a deviated septum, you should consult with an board certified plastic surgeon or an ear, nose throat (ENT) specialist, who will best be able to diagnose you.  

All that being said, considering your young age and stage in life, I would not consider having a rhinoplasty until you have finished puberty.  The body goes through a considerable amount of change in these years and patience will usually pay off!  Hang in there!

Dr. Chung

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