Can a crooked nose be straightened without surgery?

Can a crooked nose be straightened without surgery, submitted image.

I have a slightly crooked nose that I personally feel makes my entire face look out of proportion. I really hate it but my husband and friends say they don’t even notice it unless I distinctly point it out to them. I don’t think it's crooked enough to warrant rhinoplasty, getting a full, proper nose job, but if there are any non-surgical options out there that basically do the same thing I would be very interested in trying them. But does such a thing even exist? Can I fix my nose problem without surgery? That would be so fantastic if it's possible.


F, 39, California

Tags:woman age 35-44 crooked nose non surgical

You're the one that has to live in your skin, and you should feel beautiful 100% of the time. If you think there's a problem and want to fix it, that's all that matters! :) There are a couple non-surgical ways to fix a crooked nose. My sister was in a car accident that thankfully only gave her a slight crook in her nose. She's a whiz with make up and just did contouring to make it look straight. But I know at one point she considered injections. You have to get them ever so often to keep it straight, but it's still less invasive than surgery. Hope that helps! :)

From my research, there isn't really a way to straighten a nose without going under the knife. I know that there are some exercises online that claim that they can help to straighten your nose but I have never seen any reliable reviews or before and after pictures that back up that claim. Taking the time to give it a shot may make you feel better though and having stronger facial muscles is never a bad thing for your skin!

However, if your nose isn't actually crooked and only needs to be reshaped, you may be in luck. There are fillers that can help to fill in areas that are dented or help to round on the tip of your nose. That option will only work if it doesn't need to be straightened, though, so if you are still worried after trying the nose exercises you may need to prepare for surgery. 

Non-surgical rhinoplasty does exist and, when used in the right context, can correct certain subtle asymmetries of the nose. A dermal filler is injected into the nose in small quantities to even out subtle depressions and camouflage slight contour irregularities. However, dermal fillers are not a suitable alternative to plastic surgery when significant sculpting and re-shaping are required.

Rhinoplasty surgery is the only way to correct a crooked nose deformity and requires controlled breaking and realigning of the bones (osteotomy) and excision of deformed cartilage to obtain a straight nose. When performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon, the results can be beautiful and restore balance to the facial features.

It is very difficult to make an assessment about your nose based on the image provided, but if the nose is deviating towards the right or the left and there is clear facial asymmetry, it is most likely that you would benefit from a nose job.

Crookedness commonly results from a nasal fracture or some form of nasal trauma. In some cases, deviated noses can also be indicative of a deviated septum, the wall that separates the left and right nasal passages inside the nose. Septal deviation also commonly causes breathing problems, so if you do have any breathing difficulty it could be worthwhile to consult with a doctor or ear, nose and throat specialist to determine if your septal cartilage is the cause of the nasal deviation.

If it is, and you are covered by health insurance, there is a high possibility that you would be covered for septoplasty as your nasal function is impaired by the issue. Septoplasty, however, would have a limited effect on the outer appearance of the nose, so some patients opt for septorhinoplasty for optimal aesthetic and functional results.

Depending on how crooked your nose is, you may be able to improve its appearance without nose surgery. If you need more symmetry, fillers added to one side of your nose could help. Some people find that this makes their nose appear very wide, though. Fillers are also best if you need to reshape the nose or fill in parts of the nose, but they can’t actually straighten the nose. Unfortunately, if those things don’t work, you will need actual nose surgery to fix a crooked nose. The only real fix is to cut or break the bones and then reposition them. When the bones or cartilage of the nose is crooked, surgery is the only way to fix it. Remember that you don’t absolutely have to have your nose straight, though! If you’re scared of having surgery, you may want to learn to love your nose instead. hope that helps... :)