Is it common to only have one side of your nose broken during Rhinoplasty? (photo)
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Breaking only One Side of Nose during Rhinoplasty
One sided osteotomy
Thanks for the question and photos. When fixing a crooked nose, sometime the surgeon makes one break (osteotomy) on only one side rather than both. In those cases, the one side break is enough to close the gap and make the nose straighter. When you finish healing you will see the final result and hopefully you are happy with the outcome. Follow up with your surgeon per their routine so they keep an eye on things. Good luck
Rhinoplasty and Osteotomies
Every case is unique, but yes, some cases only require one side fracture. Please contact your surgeon and let him explain you what was his strategy.
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Definitely less common to only break one side. However, rhinoplasty is a very individualized operation. The goal is to create harmony between the nose and face. Our faces and noses are not perfectly symmetric so maneuvers are often modified to achieve the desired result.
Post Operative Rhinoplasty Concerns
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