Crooked Nose Rhinoplasty
Nasal Surgery for Symmetry in Albany, NY
Symmetry is often considered to be a major element of beauty, with the right half of the face mirroring the left. Unfortunately, this symmetry can be marred by a crooked nose. Rhinoplasty from Albany, NY, based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Edwin Williams is frequently chosen by patients who want to straighten a nose that is crooked due to injury or other trauma—or even one that has been crooked since birth. This surgery frequently goes beyond the cosmetic, sometimes also addressing breathing patterns that are abnormal due to obstruction.
A non-symmetrical nose does not necessarily prompt someone to seek crooked nose rhinoplasty. Women and men who do choose the surgery tend to do so because the crookedness of their nose disrupts the balance of their face, because they want to get rid of a visible reminder of trauma, because the degree of defect significantly hampers proper breathing, or some combination of the above. Dr. Williams works with patients who have any and all of these goals.
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The Crooked Nose Rhinoplasty Process
Dr. Williams starts every crooked nose rhinoplasty with a consultation, so he can assess the degree of crookedness, determine the recommended course of action, and work directly with the patient to learn their reason for seeking nose surgery and answer their initial questions. His years of experience allow him to handle a wide range of conditions and goals, as well as to customize the surgery to the specific patient.
He can also use digital imaging to create virtual before-and-after photos, showing what a patient could look like after crooked nose rhinoplasty. These images can provide a general idea of the surgical results by revealing the impact a straighter nose would have on the other facial elements.
Crooked nose rhinoplasty details depend on the details of the nose itself, including both the nature and degree of the crookedness. A surgery to relieve a significant nasal obstruction or repair a nasal bone fracture will be more involved. The overall procedure typically takes between one and two hours, depending on the patient. This includes the administration of anesthetic by a credentialed specialist. The actual surgery time varies with the surgical specifics. Dr. Williams has the skill and experience to typically use the closed approach, a more technically demanding procedure that can accomplish the necessary structural changes while keeping visible external scarring to a minimum.
For a fairly uncomplicated crooked nose rhinoplasty, Dr. Williams frequently harvests septal cartilage and places a spreader graft to straighten the midsection of the nose. The procedure can take two or three hours, depending on the amount of cartilage grafting necessary.
Crooked nose rhinoplasty will require at least a couple weeks for recovery after the surgery. Patients can expect to have light dressing for a day and an outer splint for about a week. During this time and for another week after, patients should avoid activities that could result in a physical blow to the recovering nose. Throughout this time, swelling and bruising will gradually diminish. Though the visible signs of the surgery resolve in weeks, internal healing may take up to a year.
Dr. Williams' team will provide every crooked nose rhinoplasty patient with aftercare instructions and what to watch for in terms of rare, but possible potential complications, such as bleeding and infection.
Dr. Williams is also happy to discuss revision rhinoplasty. Statistically and according to literature, approximately five to 10 percent of patients are not satisfied with their nose surgery results and will seek revision. Dr. Williams is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a practice that consists of 25 to 50 percent revision rhinoplasty on patients from other surgeons who were not happy with their final outcome. He is happy to discuss this in more detail during an in-office consultation.
Dr. Williams recorded a series of Famous Fireside Chats to answer patients' questions about surgery, including crooked nose rhinoplasty. There are also answers on his FAQs page.
Other Available Procedures
In certain cases where nasal fractures and breathing obstructions are not a concern, Dr. Williams may recommend nonsurgical fillers for temporarily straightening a crooked nose. He also offers surgery to address a large nose, as well as saddle nose, crooked nasal base/tip, pinched tip, and drooping nose deformities.