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What Is a Crooked Nose?

A crooked nose is a condition in which the nasal septum, the partition that separates the nostrils and divides the nasal cavity, is displaced from its normal position. This displacement can be caused by a congenital deformity, or trauma such as a broken nose. Symptoms of a crooked nose can include difficulty breathing through one nostril, nasal obstruction and congestion, snoring, headaches and facial pain. Additionally, people with crooked noses may also feel self-conscious because of the physical appearance of their noses.

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What Causes Crooked Nose?

Many different factors can cause a crooked nose. In some cases, it can be the result of an injury or trauma to the nose; however, this is not always the case. It can also be caused by genetics and inherited conditions, such as cleft lip and/or palate1. In some cases, it can be due to the normal development of the facial structures during growth and aging.

Also, a crooked nose may result not only from bone deviations but also from cartilage collapses that may require cartilage grafts like spreader grafts to make the nose straighter. Bone crookedness can be improved with bone cuts but cartilage twists or collapses can be improved with grafts.

The most common cause, however, is a deviated septum. This occurs when the thin cartilage layer separating your nostrils (called the nasal septum) becomes displaced or bent. Over time, this displacement can lead to airway obstruction in one side or both sides of your nose and cause difficulty breathing as well as snoring issues. In more severe cases, it can lead to cosmetic problems such as a crooked appearance of your nose.

How to Fix a Crooked Nose?

A crooked nose2 can be fixed through rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct and reconstruct the shape of the nose. This involves reshaping the cartilage, bone, and/or tissues that underlie the skin to create balance and symmetry in the face. Dr. Sam Rizk can make small adjustments to create an aesthetically pleasing outcome while still preserving natural nasal functions, such as breathing.

Depending on the severity of the crookedness, techniques such as osteotomies3 (bone cuts) may be used to narrow or widen parts of the nose that would otherwise be difficult to modify without surgical intervention. Additionally, if the underlying structure of the nose is not affected by the crookedness, then non-surgical approaches such as dermal fillers could be used to make corrections with less risk and downtime than traditional rhinoplasty surgery. Ultimately, only a qualified rhinoplasty specialist like Dr. Sam Rizk can determine which approach is best for each individual patient, depending on their unique anatomical characteristics and aesthetic goals.

Crooked Nose Surgery

Treatment for a crooked nose typically consists of surgical intervention with rhinoplasty surgery performed by a specialized facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Sam Rizk in New York City, who is double board-certified in this field. During this procedure, he will remove any excess nasal tissue to help open up the airways, while reshaping the underlying cartilage and bones into their correct positions. A deviated septum can also contribute to a crooked nose and may need to be fixed at the same time. He may also recommend additional procedures like turbinate reduction or sinus surgery depending on your particular set of symptoms and wishes, in order to get you optimal results from your surgery – leaving you with improved breathing and more aesthetically pleasing features!

Meet Dr. Rizk, Crooked Nose Rhinoplasty Specialist in NYC

Dr. Rizk is considered one of the most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons in New York City and has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. His commitment to excellence extends beyond just surgery; every patient receives individualized care from his expert staff throughout the entire process.

If you’re looking for a reliable expert to help you achieve your desired appearance in terms of crooked nose repair, then Dr. Rizk is your ideal choice. With his commitment to excellence, advanced technology, and comprehensive personalized approach towards consultations and aftercare, you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands with this award-winning rhinoplasty specialist! Book your appointment today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a non-surgical option for correcting my crooked nose?

Yes! If you’re looking for less invasive procedures than surgery, there are some non-surgical options available that can help with minor aesthetic issues related to crookedness. For example, injectable fillers can be used to enhance or add volume in areas of the nose that need more definition or projection in order to balance out any asymmetries from underlying bone structure or facial features. In addition, skin care products like chemical peels are effective for improving skin texture and tone – this helps remove discoloration or other signs of damage on the surface of your skin that could be contributing to an uneven appearance.

What should I expect after having my crooked nose corrected?

After having your crooked nose corrected with either surgical or non-surgical methods, you should expect some swelling and soreness around your nasal area that should subside after several days following treatment – this is completely normal as part of the recovery process! You’ll also need to wear sunglasses outdoors while healing until all bruising has gone away completely. Depending on what type of correction you received (surgical vs non-surgical) results may vary but overall you should notice an improvement in facial proportions and symmetry once fully healed.

How much does it cost to fix a crooked nose?

The cost of a rhinoplasty procedure to correct a crooked nose depends on multiple factors, including the complexity of the surgery, the anesthesiologist’s fee, and the expected outcome. Additionally, the experience and expertise of your surgeon can also affect the overall price. Contact Dr. Rizk’s Manhattan office to schedule an appointment to discuss your nose job expectations and pricing.

How to contour a crooked nose?

Crooked noses can be contoured by using a combination of rhinoplasty, filler injections, and non-surgical methods such as dermabrasion to sculpt the nose carefully. Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the underlying structures of the nose and adjusting the cartilage to create a more balanced shape—filler injections such as hyaluronic acid help to correct any asymmetries and add definition. Dermabrasion is an additional method used to refine the shape of the nose, improve contours, reduce bumps, and even out irregularities.


1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Facts about Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. Available:

2NCBI – The crooked nose. A. BOCCIERI. Available:

3Aesthetic Surgery Journal – Osteotomies in Rhinoplasty: An Updated Technique. Rod J. Rohrich, MD, Jeffrey E. Janis, MD. Available:

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By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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