Rasping the Nasal Bones or Go for the Typical Rhino (Lateral and Medial Osteotomies)? (photo)

Hello,I had my nose broken 7 months ago that left me with a crookedness that I 'm pretty sure its in the bony section.My doctor said that i may choose if I want the "smaller" surgery which involves only rasping the tip of the bone (she didn't mention anything about the cartilage) and off course my nose wont get any straighter but it will look better,or the "bigger" surgery witch involves osteotomies. What do you think about the first ? Is it possible ? And what about the cartilage ?

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Rasping Nasal Bones Only Will Not Correct Crooked Nose

Thank you for your question.  Simply rasping the nasal bone to remove the bump will not correct the crooked nose.  In addition there is risk of an "open roof" deformity where the 2 nasal bones become visible through the skin.

From your photographs it looks as if you need a formal rhinoplasty and nasal septoplasty to straighten the nose.  Reduction of the bump and refinement of the tip can also be done during the course of the rhinoplasty.

Rasping a Nose Bump VS a FULL Nose Surgery

It all depends on the look you wish to have at the end of the road. Unlike like threatening conditions, a nose job is NOT an operation you "MUST" have but an operation you "WANT" to have.  Small operations commonly produce small or temporary results.

For example, the nasal deformity may be hidden temporarily with a long lasting filler. It will not really fix the problem but rapidly APPEAR to correct it for a year or so. The blow to the nose literally shited the whole nasal structure to the side. Only rasping the area will do NOTHING for an underlying cartilage deformity and exaggerate the width of the nose as well as unveil an underlying deviated septum. So - if you want a chance at a narrower, more centered and attractive nose you most likely would benefit from a full rhinoplasty as well as a possible correction of the septum.

Good Luck.

Peter A Aldea, MD

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Rasping the Nasal Bones or Go for the Typical Rhino (Lateral and Medial Osteotomies)?

Thank you for your question.

How the Rhinoplasty operation is performed?

There are different kinds of rhinoplasty operations however we can divide them as the one that requires bone excision and the one that does not need bone excision. The main fact that we classify the rhinoplasty operations like that is that the results and postoperative period is associated closely with this fact. In the operations like “nasal tip correction”, “simple rhinoplasty” there is no need for a bone excision however these minor operations cannot be beneficial for everyone. The operation type is need to be determined by the surgeon according to needs of the patient. In these minor operations the rhinoplasty is performed with closed method. The bone and the cartilage tissues are not involved in the surgery directly. Small nasal bumps can be removed in these operations.

In the operation that needs the bone and cartilage tissues to be involved; open approach is used. In the procedures with open approach, the size, shape and functionality of the nose can be improved. The big nasal bumps can be removed and septal deviations can be corrected providing a better nasal airway.

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Rasping of the Nasal Bones

As best I can tell with the pictures submitted, you have deviation of both the bone and cartilage of your nose following the trauma. After thorough evaluation by an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who explains all your alternatives, you can decide what changes you want to make. If you'll be satisfied reducing the nose without making it straight, that is what you should do. You do have a lot of options. But remember, if you don't want osteotomies, the amount of hump removal is limited.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Rasping the Nasal Bones or Go for the Typical Rhino (Lateral and Medial Osteotomies)?

  I have performed Rhinoplasty for well over 20 years and from the photos the nasal bones appear crooked and deviated.  The best option for straightening these out is to perform osteotomies during the Rhinoplasty IMHO.  Rasping the bone is limited to corrections just a mm or so due to the thickness of the nasa bones (perhaps 3-4 mm's thick).  This amount of correction, in your case, does not appear adequate.  In addition, if the nasal hump is removed, an open roof deformity will be created unless the nasal bones are broken and moved towards the midline to close that open roof.  Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

After an injury, partial rhinoplasty rarely succeeds.

Dear Jason:

In my military and civilian experience with a lot of broken noses, I can tell you that, typically, there is usually more wrong than just a couple of bumps.  If the nose is crooked, there is a good chance that the septum is deviated.  You did not mention anything about breathing problems.  Do you have them? 

If the middle or lower portion of the nose is crooked, then it is probably not just a matter of the two bumps causing the crooked appearance.

My recommendation is that you have a second opinion with a surgeon who focuses and specializes in nasal surgery.  You need a complete examination, including:

  •    Careful analysis of the interior of the nose to see how crooked that is
  •    If a breathing problem exists.

Do not dismiss the need to have the complete procedure because, generally, a "smaller" surgery will probably not be successful in terms of:

  •    Straightening the nose
  •    Giving you a nose with an appearance you like

Remember, you also have to figure in the dimension and shape of your tip.  When you shave down the bumps, and perhaps reduce the profile, the tip of your nose may look more prominent.

So again, the most important thing is to "do a complete evaluation of the nose inside and outside" before you sign up for surgery.

Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Robert Kotler, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Large Nasal Humps Need Osteotomies And Rasping

I think you will find that the simpler approach of rasping will leave you disappointed with your type of nose. To get an acceptable result, you need a complete approach to your dorsum including osteotomies and rasping. Rasping of the nasal bones is a good approach for a really small nasal hump that is largely bone. Your dorsum poses a bigger problem that warrants a more comprehensive approach. 

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews


You will probably need both rasping and osteotomies to get the nose to look good. If you jsut rasp you run the risk of having a very flat wide nose.  But, it is difficult to say without an exam.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Polish or Complete Nasal Bone Correction

From your photos, it appears that osteotomies would be better for your overall correction. Polishing the bony irregularities may improve some issues, but will not completely straighten your nose. In the end, it is better to correct the underlying structure, rather than camouflage the issue, as long as the correction is a predictable one.

Osteotomies in the setting of nasal trauma are reasonably predictable and will help to improve your function as well. It will also more completely correct your contour problems, especially in the sidewalls of the upper nasal bone region.

All the best

Richard W. Westreich, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Rhinoplasty and osteotomies

Of course, your exact surgical plan will need to be determined by the in-office exam.  Given that, I perform a large amount of revision rhinoplasties.  One of the most common causes for revision is inadequate treatment of the nasal dorsum.  Almost certainly, you will need osteotomies.  Simply shaving will not take care of your bump.  

Good luck.

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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