My nose is curved. Can it be straightened ?

Doctor Answers 6

Curved nose

You need to be seen and examined, in person, to determine what, if anything, can be done.In general, crooked nose can be straightened with rhinoplasty surgery.

Great Neck Plastic Surgeon
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Crooked nose

Thank you for your question.  There are 3 reasons that your nose may be crooked,  First is that the nasal bones are crooked usually due to prior trauma or uneven development.  Second, if the curvature starts half way down the nose, then it may due to your septum being deviated and this can twist the entire dorsum and nasal tip.  Finally, the actual base of the nose may be twisted leading to the tip being crooked.  This can be fixed with tip pasty.  Crooked noses can be somewhat of a challenge and I highly recommend that you see a double board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who has extensive experience in this condition.  All the luck.

Roberto E. Garcia, MD, FACS
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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If your nose is crooked, you would have to be seen in person to determine what can possibly be done to improve it. Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Fixing nose with curvature with rhinoplasty

 To correct the curvature with rhinoplasty, and to straighten the nose, we usually work on the dorsal lines and often consider spreader graft.  In the hands of experienced plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons, this can be a reliable method to fix the curvature of the nose and to straighten out the dorsal line reliably for the long term.


Hello and thank you for your question. If you have a deviated or asymmetric nasal tip, this can be improved with spreader grafts, osteotomies, and other techniques depending on your nasal anatomy.  Make sure you specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have had this surgery performed by your surgeon and not just a computer animation system. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Yes it can

Yes, a curved nose can be straightened.  Seek out an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who can show you some before and afters with curved noses as these are more challenging than the average rhinoplasty cases.  Sometimes a longer surgery is required with septal reconstruction, possibly with rib cartilage grafts, to make the nose straight depending on how traumatized the nose is and/or if you have had surgery before. 

Garrett Griffin, MD
Minneapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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