Rhinoplasty Can Improve the Appearance of a Crooked Nose By David Passaretti, MD on March 24, 2019

Woman examining her noseSince the nose is a central feature of the face, any nasal imperfection can affect a person’s appearance. However, asymmetry is a particular concern for those with a crooked nose. A crooked nose can make the facial features look uneven and disproportionate.

Rhinoplasty surgery improves the shape, size, and angle of the nose to give patients more attractive and proportionate facial features. Dr. David Passaretti has successfully performed rhinoplasty for a crooked nose at our Darien, CT practice.

What Causes a Crooked Nose?

There are several different factors that can cause the bridge of the nose to tilt to one side or the other, giving the nose a crooked appearance.

In many cases, a crooked nose is present from birth. Facial asymmetries are inherited features that are quite common.

A deviated septum is another potential cause of a crooked nose. The septum is the bone and cartilage that divides the nose in half. It is normal for the division of the nose to be slightly uneven, but more severe imbalance (known as a deviated septum) can make the nose noticeably crooked and uneven. Breathing issues can also be a problem for individuals with a deviated septum.

Finally, nasal trauma can cause a previously straight nose to appear crooked. If the nose is broken, the bones may not heal in the correct position. This is one of the most common causes of a crooked nose.


Rhinoplasty can enhance the appearance of a crooked nose by correcting the position of the bones and cartilage. Any person who is dissatisfied with the size, shape, or position of the nose is a potential candidate for rhinoplasty surgery.

However, to qualify for this procedure, individuals must be free of any health problems that could increase the risk of surgical complications. Additionally, the nose must be fully mature, so this procedure is most appropriate for adults.

The Procedure

Rhinoplasty is performed with the patient under the effects of general anesthesia. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Passaretti will make small incisions that grant him access to the nose’s inner bones and cartilage.

Whenever possible, Dr. Passaretti will perform a closed rhinoplasty, which means all incisions will be made inside the nose. This technique is preferred because it leaves no visible scarring.

However, if significant alterations are required, Dr. Passaretti may use the open rhinoplasty technique, which will require a small incision across the columella, or the small strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.

Once the surgical incisions have been made, the skin will be lifted and the necessary alterations will be made. Correcting a crooked nose may require the repositioning of cartilage or bones. When all alterations are complete, the nasal skin will be re-draped and the incisions will be closed.

Contact Us

If a crooked nose is negatively impacting your appearance, you may be an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty. To learn more about the rhinoplasty procedure or its recovery period, contact us online at your earliest convenience or call (203) 656-9999 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. David Passaretti.

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