How Does a Rhinoplasty Work for a Crooked Nose?
Dr. Stein will perform your rhinoplasty under twilight anesthesia, also known as IV sedation. He will reshape the nasal structure to straighten the crooked areas and open the nasal passages. The type of incisions used depends on how extensive the reshaping needs to be.
This type of rhinoplasty uses incisions inside the nostrils. It provides less access than an open rhinoplasty but works well for many rhinoplasty procedures.
Open rhinoplasty uses an incision hidden between the nostrils for procedures that require more access. This allows the surgeon to work on more parts of the nasal structure. You will probably have this type of rhinoplasty if you have a crooked nose since your nose needs significant reshaping.
Functional vs. Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is considered cosmetic if it changes the nose’s appearance but does not correct any functional problems. A functional rhinoplasty corrects an issue that causes breathing difficulties. A deviated septum often accompanies a crooked nose, so a functional rhinoplasty often includes a septoplasty (repair of the nasal septum).
What is Recovery Like From Rhinoplasty?
After your surgery, you will have a splint on your nose to stabilize and protect it. Swelling and bruising will be worst during the first week or two. Swelling can take several months to subside entirely. Most people return to work after a week to two weeks.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty for My Crooked Nose?
Rhinoplasty solves the problem of a crooked nose for good. If your nose is crooked and this causes you functional problems or bothers you, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations and no serious health problems.