How to Fix a Bent Nose? (photo)

hey i'm 21 years old i have got a bent nose.. but i can't remeber getting it broke when i was younger but in picture when i was a kid it was straight... how can i fix my nose i really hate it.. iv been getting bullied since i was a teenager about it please help thanks, bridget

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How to Fix a Bent Nose?

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The posted photos show a need for a rhinoplasty/septaloplasty combination. Seek in person evaluations from boarded rhinoplasty surgeons. 

Rhinoplasty Can Fix Bent Nose

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Thank you for your question. A full Rhinoplasty can straighten a bent or crooked nose.

When the nasal bones are crooked it is likely that the nasal septum inside is also twisted and will need correction.

The nasal bones and cartilages have "memory" thus recurrence of the bend can occur after surgery.

THere are steps that can be taken to prevent this. It is important that you see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is experienced at Rhinoplasty Surgery.

Management of the Crooked Nose

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It’s not unusual for patients who’ve suffered nasal trauma to develop significant deviation of their nasal pyramid.  When this situation arises, several anatomic components may contribute to this deformity.  These components may include distortion of the nasal bones and significant deviation of the nasal septum

            Correction of this problem requires reconstructive rhinoplasty and in most cases a septoplasty.  Septoplasty surgery not only straightens the septum for cosmetic reasons, but removes nasal airway obstruction as well.

            It’s important to realize that once the nasal septum is injured, it has a tendency to curve even after it’s been repaired and straightened.  Under these circumstances, it’s not unusual for patients to suffer recurrent deviation of the septum after surgical repair. 

            For these reasons, repair of this type of deformity requires consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.  This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals. 

Bent Noses Need Rhinoplasty

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I'm sorry that you've had to endure bullying simply because of the shape of your nose. Based on your photos, I would recommend rhinoplasty to straighten and shorten your nose as well as to raise and refine the tip to be more in harmony with the rest of your face. Surgery that only straightens the bone may be less than satisfactory as the nasal bones and cartilage have “memory” and tend to return to their original shape over time. Noses are complicated structures that take a great deal of skill to alter well and permanently. You will need to find an expert. I hope this helps.

Rhinoplasty surgery may be considered for achieving a straighter nasal appearance, tip rotation, and removal of a dorsal hump.

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Based on your photos, your nasal appearance is a bit large and distracting. If you have significant dissatisfaction with the appearance of your nose, consider consulting with several rhinoplasty specialists so you could see if surgery might be right for you.Hope this helps.Dr Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bent Nose

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Hi Bridget.  Repair of a bent, or crooked nose, is a reasonable rhinoplasty request.  This may require osteotomies (controlled chiseling of the bones) to "break" the nose and push it back to a midline position.  Hope this is helpful.  Regards, Anand Shah MD

Anand G. Shah, MD
San Antonio Facial Plastic Surgeon

Straighten Your Nose

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There are many techniques for straightening noses.  Much of it depends on how much straightening of the bone and cartilage you will need.  In general, for major changes I usually use the open Rhinoplasty approach.  You may need cartilage grafting as well.  I would seek an evaluation with an experience Rhinoplasty surgeon to review your options.

James Chan, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews


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Your posted photos show significant facial bone asymmetry with the left cheek and jaw more prominent than the right, oblique deviation of the nose to the left, a hanging strip of skin between the nostrils. Some of these were likely present when you were young but not as visible as the bones were smaller then. Oblique deviations are usually treated by cutting a strip of cartilage from the back edge of the septum and shifting the remaining cartilage into the midline groove in the underlying bone. The hanging strip of skin is elevated by removing a small strip of cartilage from the bottom of the septum. Additional maneuvers may be required as these photos are not optimal.
I hope you realize that this format of posting questions and receiving answers lacks the face to face direct communication required for you to make an informed decision regarding your surgery.

My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.

Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Crooked nose deformity

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It does appear that your nose angulates to the left on the photos you submitted. In addition, you appear to have a tension nose deformity which is pushing your tip downward and also over projecting your nose from your face. This can all be corrected with a rhinoplasty procedure. I would suggest you consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon in your area. Good luck.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

The Deviated (Bent) Nose

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The deviated nose is one of the more challenging problems in rhinoplasty, but extremely satisfying for the patient when the deviation is corrected.  Based on the photos you have provided, you would be a good candidate to consider rhinoplasty.  Also, it appears that you may have a septal deviation which is contributing to the "bent" appearance of you nose.  That should be corrected at the same time as your nose surgery.  The tip and bridge of your nose may be refined during the same surgery. RB

Ramin Behmand, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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