A deformity of the nose can significantly change ones facial appearance or result in nasal discomfort. Nasal deformity can be categorized as “cosmetic” or “functional.” A cosmetic or functional nasal deformity may occur secondary to a crooked septum (the wall in the middle of the nose, that is composed of both cartilage and bone, and divides it between left and right sides), an asymmetric nasal bone, scar tissue, collapse or weakening of nasal structures, or a specific portion of the nose being disproportionate to the remainder of the nose and face.
Cosmetic Nasal Deformities
Cosmetic deformity of the nose results in a less desirable appearance of the nose.
Functional Nasal Deformities
A functional deformity of the nose may result in frustrating nasal blockage, noisy breathing or snoring, decreased smell or taste, nosebleeds, and/or recurrent sinusitis.
Your otolaryngologist will perform a complete nasal exam and head and neck exam to check for structural collapse of the nose and a crooked septum, and address your concerns about breathing and cosmetic nasal deformity. An otolaryngologist has at least 5 years of surgical training in operating on the nose, face, and neck, so they are well trained to handle functional and cosmetic deformities of the nose.