What is the difference between a crooked, twisted and deviated nose?

what is the difference between the terms crooked, twisted and deviated nose???

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Deviated nose

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Crooked, Twisted or Deviated nose are all the same. Deviated is the term most commonly used by doctors. 



Nasal deviation

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All the terms you mentioned are referring to the same thing.  A crooked, twisted and deviated nose are all the same.  Different maneuvers to straighten it will apply as each patient is different.

Not Straight

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These words all attempt to describe a nose that is not straight.

The shape of a nose is influenced by the shape of the septum, the position of the nasal bones, the size and shape of the underlying cartilage, and the thickness of the skin.

A rhinoplasty (or septorhinoplasty) is a surgery that can remove and/or reposition these tissues in the nose for better aesthetics and to improve breathing.

These are big movements that are often intended to create subtle, millimeter changes to the shape of the nose once it heals. The thickness of your nose skin can affect the overall result.        

See the link below for more info.

A detailed examination will help delineate the best treatment. Consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery would be the next best step.

Nasal evaluation

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Hello and thank you for your question. There are many different descriptive terms for the asymmetric nose.  It would be very helpful for you to have an in-person evaluation.  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

What is the difference between a crooked, twisted and deviated nose?

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None of the terms that you have mentioned in your question serve as medical termniology, and they can often be used interchangeably among different surgeons of different training. The term "crooked nose" usually signifies that the nose is asymmetric largely to displacement of the nasal structure toward one side, in a very general sense. "Twisted nose"  is typically used for a nose in which the axis of the upper and lower nasal segments is not congruent; such as when the tip is strongly deformed compared to the nasal bridge that is oriented in the opposite direction. Deviation is also a general term often used to describe that a component of the nose is pushed to one side, and is often also applied to the nasal septum (e.g. right septal deviation). In the end, these three terms are strongly interchangeable, and it is more important to know which portion of the nose is affected rather than the specific term utilized. Best of luck!

Danny Soares, MD
Clermont Facial Plastic Surgeon
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