My nose curves slightly left from midline; can this be corrected without surgery?

Q:

My nose wasn't always off center when I look at photos from my childhood.  However, it seems that over the years the slight curve is becoming more and more obvious to where it's affecting how I see myself.   I can't see anything past this deviation in the middle of my face.  Can I get a brace of some sort and wear it at night to correct the deviation or is this a surgical fix only if I want a midline face again?

A:

A deviated nose often requires surgery.  A brace or other long term external device has a high probability for not working well.  Most likely the internal structure of your nose is off kilter.  Think of it like a roof on a house that was installed incorrectly.  The beams and braces that support it must be adjusted to allow the wood and shingles to set correctly to produce the appealing external appearance.  In short, it sound like you most likely will require a Rhinoplasty with osteotomies (break your nose) and maybe even some septal work. Consider a member of the ASAPS.  They are experts in Rhinoplasty surgery.

Best,

 

Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS

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