Could a Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty Make my Nose Symmetrical? (photo)

I have a asymmetrical nose and have been considering rhinoplasty however I don't know if it could be changed to look symetrical and a bit smaller. I have a nose that deviates to one side of my face and a bulbous tip. I'm 17 turning 18 in march and I've been thinking about having a nose job for a while now, It affects my confidence. I don't know if a septoplasty could make my nose more symmetrical, correct the tip and maybe make it appear a bit smaller? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 12

Rhinoplasty and septoplasty

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Thank you for the photos. I think that it is possible to have a nice result from correction of your deformities, but you would need a full rhinoplasty and septoplasty.

Crooked Nose Deformity Correction

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From the frontal image you provided, I think you should be able to have a nice improvement in the bridge alignment. You could also have the bulbous tip reshaped at the same time. A septoplasty would only focus on the middle wall of the nose on the inside. You would need more of a formal septorhinoplasty procedure to accomplish the desired and necessary changes.

John M. Hilinski, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Symmetric Nose

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The first step is to have an evaluation of both the inside and the outside the nose to determine if there are any anatomical structures that are contributing to the crookedness of your nose.  You will likely have some internal anatomic contribution to your appearance.  Depending on the issues, a septoplasty and rhinoplasty will likely improve your nasal appearance.  Please consult with a board certified specialist who can best assist you in achieving the results you seek.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Improving the symmetry of the nose

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Everyone has some degree of asymmetry, and it is not realistic to try and get the nose 100% straight. However, improvements can be made. Correcting a nose that is crooked is a very difficult procedure and requires an expert. I would recommend a consult with a board certified rhinoplasty specialist who has a great deal of experience. He/she may use computer imaging software to morph a photo of you and give you an idea of how the final result of surgery may appear. I hope this helps, and good luck! 

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Could a Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty Make my Nose Symmetrical?

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YES! Seek only in person evaluations from boarded rhinoplasty surgeons in your city to discuss your options. 

Rhinoplasty for Asymmetrical Nose

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You have a crooked nose with a bulbous tip which can be corrected with a rhinoplasty; this will improve facial symmetry. Asymmetry of the nose itself can be improved, but perfect symmetry is not a reasonable expectation. You are an excellent candidate for this surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Deviation Can Be Helped By Rhinoplasty

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Thank you for your quesiton and photo.  You have both nasal deviation and facial asymmetry.  The right side of your face and jaw are stronger than your left.  Some asymmetry of the face is a common finding.  This makes your nose appear to deviate more to the right than it actually does. Nonetheless, a rhinoplasty can help to correct the deviation and give you more balance and symmetry. Best wishes. 

Crooked nose

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The nose is asymmetrical due to the nasal bones are crooked and a concave left upper lateral cartilage.  The tip is also bulbous.   A  rhinoplasty  would straighten the entire nose which would include osteotomies , a left spreader graft and thinning the tip.  Also important to address any deviated septum in a nose that is this crooked.   Best to see a rhinoplasty surgeon who has performed thousands, not hundreds of rhinoplasty surgeries.  For further examples please see our website


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    You could absolutely achieve a smaller nose with a much straighter dorsal aesthetic line.  Make sure that the plastic surgeon is board certified, has performed hundreds, and is comfortable with both functional and cosmetic aspects or rhinoplasty.

Could a Rhinoplasty Make my Nose Symmetrical

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Thanks for the question. You are such a pretty candidate for Rhinoplasty that any surgeon would love to work on your face. Yes a well done job should give you a perfectly symmetrical straight nose and add to your beauty. You must make sure that your surgeon does photo animation and you discuss with him all the options offered to you. Wishing you all the best.

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