Deformities of the nose are often the result of an accident; however, ethnicity and heredity also play a role. When the nose is deformed it distracts attention away from other facial features because the face as a whole is not symmetrical. Ideally the nose should “fade” into the background to give your eyes and lips more attention. Deformities can be located in the upper third of the nose (the bony bridge of the nose), in the middle or lower third of the nose.
Types of Deformities
A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall (nasal septum) between your nostrils is displaced to one side. In many people, the nasal septum is displaced making one nasal passage smaller. When a deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of your nose and reduce airflow, causing difficulty breathing. The additional exposure of a deviated septum to the drying effect of airflow through the nose may sometimes contribute to crusting or bleeding in certain individuals. Nasal obstruction can occur from a deviated nasal septum, from swelling of the tissues lining the nose, or from both. Treatment of nasal obstruction may include medications to reduce the swelling or adhesive strips that may help open the nasal passages. To correct a deviated septum, surgery is necessary. For more information and pictures of a deviated septum click here.
The hump nose is the most common deformation of the external nose, most often characterized by normal nasal breathing. The nasal “hump” consists of the bone and cartilage components and can easily be corrected with rhinoplasty surgery. For more information and pictures of a hump nose click here.
African American patients tend to have wider noses than Asian, Middle Eastern, or Caucasian patients. Our African American patients hold preservation of ethnic identity in high regard as they seek to enhance facial attractiveness. The objective of any rhinoplasty procedure is to create the proper proportions. For more information and pictures of a wide nose click here.