How Straight Can a Crooked Nose Be Made?

I'm a male, 17 years of age and I've noticed that my nose is twisted/crooked/assymetrical. Basically, I have been wondering if my nose can be completely straightened. If it can't, how straight can it be made?

Doctor Answers 10

Straightening a crooked nose

During the rhinoplasty procedure, we are able to straighten the nose to its pre-injury state. In the majority of cases, the nose stays where its new straight anatomical position. On a rare occasion, it can drift back slightly to where it used to look, but as long as the operation is performed correctly and the nose bones have been rebroken the nose should stay in its new straight anatomical alignment.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Straightening a crooked nose

A crooked nose is often slanted due to the position of the septum. For optimal straightening of the nose an experienced nose surgeon has to examine the nose and determine which elements of the nose are not in their rightful positions. The repair and straightening of the nose would then be based on what is off and by how much. There are various operations, each of which has different objectives. The one best suited for you would depend on the specific findings of your examination.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Straightening a Crooked Nose

Rhinoplasty will always improve a crooked nose. Do not expect a perfect  result, but success will depend on the experience of the surgeon selected and the location and cause of your deviation.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Correction of Croooked Nose; How Straight is Straight?


A crooked nose can be corrected with rhinoplasty.  The degree of straightness depends on many variables that should be discussed with your rhinoplasty surgeon.  Do choose your rhinoplasty surgeon most carefully.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Straightening the crooked nose

I always tell patients when it comes to rhinoplasty that I can be make it straighter but not perfectly straight.  It is almost impossible to get it perfectly straight.  The cartilage is pliable and moldable but can bend a bit even after surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Straightening the crooked nose.

The answer depends on the experience of the surgeon and what is causing the deviation. Some deviations are easier to completely correct than others. You may not end up with a "perfect" nose but one which should be greatly if not totally straight.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The first step is the diagnosis of the cause of your deviation or crooked nose.  Often the deviation is due to septal deformity and without straightening the septum, the nose cannot be improved.  There are other causes as well.  The symmetry of your face has to be evaluated as well.  A crooked nose rhinoplasty is a technically advanced type of surgery and you should find a true specialist. Good luck.

Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Crooked nose

Very straight! But you did not post any photos so we can determine the degree of the deviation, just a thought. See 3 boarded surgeons in your area to discuss in detail.

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Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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How straight can a crooked nose be made.

This depends on the techniques utilized. Very commonly, the deviation is not completely corrected but camouflaged by laying a graft over the area to conceal the irregularity.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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A good rhinoplasty can give you a relatively straight nose.

Depending on the cause of your crooked twisted nose, you can expect a relatively straight nose after a rhinoplasty. Unfortunately cartilage some times has a memory and can relapse a bit after surgery.

Carl W. "Rick" Lentz III, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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