Rhinoplasty for crooked nose

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is one of the more difficult procedures in plastic surgery. There are a lot of moving parts to the nose with cartilage, bone, and soft tissue involved. There may not only be changes that need to be made to the outside appearance of the nose, but also to the inside airway. A deviated septum or enlarged turbinates may need to be addressed with septoplasty and turbinate reduction respectively.

The crooked nose is one of the hardest noses to make and keep perfectly straight, simply because cartilage has memory. If you pull your nose or ear over, it pops right back to its original position. There are many procedures and maneuvers in rhinoplasty to straighten the nose, but how the cartilage is going to heal is unknown. I tell all my crooked nose patients that their nose will be perfectly straight on the operating room table. However, I cannot predict what mother nature has in store for healing. The only thing that can be promised, is that the nose will be straighter. It may or may not lose a small amount of correction. Most if not all patients are very understanding of this.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.

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