Jan 25

It has been 3 weeks since my surgery and my nose looks crooked. Should I be worried?

It is hard to answer that question without examining you. But, there is usually no cause for serious concern.

If your nose was crooked before, it may remain slightly crooked after. Making a crooked nose completely straight is one of the hardest things to do in Rhinoplasty. So, while our goal is perfection, we sometimes have to be satisfied with ‘just almost’. In most cases, the appearance is due to asymmetric swelling more on one side than the other. This will subside and improve with time, but only time will tell the degree of improvement.

Our best advice is to ask your surgeon because he or she is most familiar with your case and can explain what was done during your surgery and what you can expect in the future. Sometimes, further interventions will be recommended such as massage, steroid injection, or minor revisions down the road that can lead to further improvements.

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2 Comments so far

  1. zigzag March 4th, 2010 7:38 pm


    I have exactly the same problem. My nose was crooked (up at the bony part). Now it’s still looks crooked. Looks like my surgeon tried to ‘camouflage’ the problem. Besides my nose looks wider than ever before. I’m 4 months post op. Revision surgery can improve my appearance? Since many-many years, the only one thing I wish is a symmetric nose, and same 3/4 views from left and right (at least in characteristic).

  2. admin March 4th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Hi zigzag,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re not big fans of the camouflage approach because it only masks rather than corrects the underlying problem. Functional issues related to crooked noses need to be addressed first and foremost if one hopes to have a great result. Once the nose has been straightened primarily, a bit of crushed cartilage or soft tissue can be used to conceal any residual irregularities in contour that cannot be otherwise smoothened or straightened perfectly. This approach generally ensures that your nose doesn’t end up a lot wider. You probably still have some swelling but, after 4 months, it’s appropriate to start asking what can be done to improve your situation. Feel free to send us some photos for an opinion.

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