Rhinoplasty for a Crooked Nose

Many patients come to Dr. Funk for rhinoplasty procedures to correct a crooked nose. A crooked nose can be present for a few reasons like inherent facial asymmetries, nasal trauma, or deviated septum. Dr. Funk is Double Board Certified – both in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgery. Named as a Top Doctor in Houston, TX by Super Doctors and Houstonia Magazine, Dr. Funk understands the anatomy of the nose and how to correct it for both aesthetic and functional purposes.

Rhinoplasty for a crooked nose is one of the more difficult nose conditions to fix for a number of reasons. The first reason could be if the patient has facial asymmetries, making it difficult to create a perfectly straight nose on a face that is not symmetric. This is incredibly common as 97% of people have facial asymmetries, allowing rhinoplasty procedures to only get the nose so straight.

The second reason has to do with the cartilage which has memory. During the nose surgery, the nose can be perfectly straight (or as straight as the facial asymmetries allow), but the healing process can be affected by the cartilage’s memory. Even with placing sutures, grafts, fracturing the bones and a cast, the cartilage may want to move back towards its original position and lose some correction. It’s important that patients understand this aspect when rhinoplasty is done specifically to correct a crooked nose.

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Can you correct a deviated septum during the rhinoplasty procedure as well?

A deviated septum can sometimes be present with a crooked nose and potentially be the cause of the nasal asymmetry. Dr. Funk is Double Board Certified as a Facial Plastic Surgeon and ENT surgeon with many rhinoplasty procedures involving cosmetic and functional corrections.

Can you operate on my nose that broke and healed crookedly?

Broken noses or nasal fractures are common reasons for a crooked nose. Dr. Etai Funk is an experienced facial plastic surgeon and can perform rhinoplasty procedures for patients who have recently broken their nose or broken their nose in the past.

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

Generally, insurance plans cover the rhinoplasty procedures if there is a functional issue with the nose like breathing issues such as a deviated septum. Sometimes a crooked nose can contribute to breathing issues because of the location of the deviation. Additionally, insurances generally cover nose procedures if the issue is due to nasal trauma such as a broken nose. However, for purely cosmetic purposes to improve appearance and confidence, the procedure may not be covered by your insurance.

What is recovery like?

Recovery varies with each patient but is usually about 8 days. Rhinoplasty is not a painful procedure but can be uncomfortable for a few days after the surgery. You may have a small amount of bruising or swelling around the eyes after surgery that typically resolves by day 8. Dr. Funk's regimen of herbal remedies and cold Swiss therapy gel masks helps decrease this after nose surgery.

On day 6 after surgery, Dr. Funk will remove your cast and some stitches, and retapes your nose. On day 8, he removes that tape and all the stitches. You are social at this point! Most if not all of your bruising is gone by then. The nose will be swollen at this point but not noticeable to others. You can return to full work out routine after rhinoplasty at 2 weeks.

As the months pass by, your swelling will decline. At 3 weeks, 20-30% of swelling is down. At 6 weeks 50-60% of swelling has abated. It will take a full year for all the swelling to subside. However, most of Dr. Funk's patients are thrilled with the appearance of their once the tape comes off and know it will only get smaller over time.

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