Not all noses look the same. Some noses are short, some noses are long; some noses are wider and some are thinner. It shouldn’t be surprising that noses vary because, quite simply, people vary! But not all variation in noses is caused on the genetic level. Indeed, there are some life events that can cause a crooked nose.
Just What Can cause a Crooked Nose
Often, that crooked nose can be repaired using plastic or cosmetic surgery. Modern rhinoplasty patients, in fact, have a ton of options. And that’s a good thing in the long run because it means that more people end up liking their noses!
But what causes noses to look a bit different in the first place? Well, to answer that, you’ll need to know a little bit about noses and how noses are construction. Which we’ll get into in a little bit. But the bottom line is something like this: If something has happened to your nose, you can get usually get it fixed. Sometimes that’ll take surgery and sometimes it might not. As for what can cause a crooked nose in the first place. Well, unfortunately, it’s a pretty long list.
The Causes of a Crooked Nose
If you weren’t born with a crooked nose, it’s likely that any deviation was caused by trauma of some kind. The nose is, unfortunately, pretty susceptible to traumas–most often a break of some kind. Broken noses are incredibly common, in large part because the nose is (mostly) not composed of bone.
The nose, rather, is comprised almost entirely of cartilage. For those who don’t know, cartilage is a much more flexible structural element that functions a lot like bone. Your ears are composed primarily of cartilage. It’s not quite soft tissue, but cartilage is not nearly as rigid as bone.
That has benefits and drawbacks, of course. A nose made out of bones might break less often–but cause significantly greater damage when it does. (So, ultimately, it’s just a good thing that are noses are composed of cartilage.) The other reason why the nose tends to absorb a fair bit of trauma is because of where it’s located–the forward, leading edge of your face. If your face runs into anything, your nose is going to take the brunt of the damage. That’s why athletes in contact sports will often have to contend with multiple broken noses.
How Does One Go About Repairing a Broken Nose?
If the cartilage in your nose has become broken–and there are any number of ways that could happen–you have several options in terms of repair:
- Doing nothing: If your doctor tells you that there isn’t any operational damage to your nose, you could always consider doing absolutely nothing. Many people don’t mind the physical changes brought on by a broken nose (or, at least, mind it less than they mind surgery). In the end, that’s a very personal decision.
- Cosmetic surgery: Again, if your doctor finds nothing operationally wrong with your nose, there are some non invasive, cosmetic ways you can make changes. These non surgical rhinoplasty approaches involve using dermal fillers to fill volume in the nose and, therefore, changing its shape. Results are temporary and tend to be subtle, but for some patients, that beats surgery!
- Surgical rhinoplasty: Ultimately, some patients are simply going to be better served by undergoing a surgical rhinoplasty procedure. A surgical rhinoplasty is able to make operational changes to the nose as well as improve the aesthetics. Surgeons can make major changes to the nose with a rhinoplasty procedure, but recovery is usually pretty long–somewhere between six and twelve months for all of the swelling to recede.
Coping with a Crooked Nose
How you choose to address your broken nose will likely be up to you in the long run. But that break is likely what caused the crookedness of the nose. For many people, the only way to repair that crookedness is to undergo a cosmetic procedure of some kind.
Then again, depending on the severity of the angle, some people simply opt to embrace their new, crooked nose. So, ultimately, what can cause a crooked nose? Everything from playing hockey to running into the glass patio door a bit too hard. Often, the question isn’t so much what caused the crooked nose, but what you might want to do to fix it.
About the Author: Dan Voltz is a content marketer who has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for over four years. This article was written in conjunction with the offices of Dr. Alexander Rivkin, who pioneered the Non Surgical Nose Job.