Crooked Nose 9 Days After Rhinoplasty With Dorsal Hump Removed?

I had rhinoplasty last week and am 9 days post-op. I had a huge dorsal hump removed. Yesterday I noticed that my nose looks slightly crooked (pointing to the right) so I went to visit my surgeon. He agreed that it was slightly crooked (minorly) and put tape on it to help. Now I am worried. Did my surgeon mess up? I did not have a crooked nose before, but had to have my nasal bones repositioned during surgery, do you think he re-positioned it crookedly? Do I need revision or will it fix itself?

Doctor Answers 3

Rhinoplasty and curve

No nose is perfectly straight, and sometimes a curve is a bit unroofed during the rhinoplasty. You also might want to check your preop photos.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Crooked nose after rhinoplasty

In some situations when a large bump is removed with rhinplasty a nose can be converted from a straight  large nose to a smaller crooked nose.

This is obviously not the ideal outcome.

This can occur even if the surgery was performed well.

Typically this is a result of a high septal deviation that was camouflaged by a dorsal hump.

Remember you are still early in the healing process and things may improve over the next few months.  If you have persistent twist to your nose a revision procedure a year after the initial operation  can often significantly straighten the nose. Be patient, speak to your surgeon and work together to achieve your goals.

Philip Solomon, MD, FRCS
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The nose continues to change in appearance while healing after rhinoplasty 1-2 years.

Don't worry about a revision at this point.  At 9 days post-op it's still incredibly swollen and not anywhere near its final appearance.  Follow up with your surgeon as scheduled give your nose time to heal.    

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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