Uneven nostrils can be genetic, a result of trauma, or prior nose surgery. The most common cause is a deviation of the part of the septum (dividing part of the nostrils) closest to the nostrils. It typically lays in the center of the nose and sits behind the columella (bridge of the nose that separates the nostrils themselves).
Correcting the problem, whether for aesthetic or functional issues, will take the expertise of a medical professional well versed in facial and nose anatomy. The options available are surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty to Fix Asymmetric Nostrils
Although many individuals may require surgical intervention to correct nasal asymmetry, a surprising number of patients can correct the issue without it. This minimally invasive solution employs injections of selected dermal fillers to increase volume to the nose in strategic areas.
The treatment is brief compared to its surgical counterpart, taking only minutes to perform. Although it is a fast procedure, it takes exceptional expertise to administer the exact amount of filler to produce the desired outcome. After a numbing cream is applied, we inject the dermal fillers to create balance and a more aesthetic appearance. Results are immediate after a relatively painless procedure with no downtime and no side-effects.
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovtich, offers multiple fillers like Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane to create your ideal nose. Results can last up to a year depending on the filler used, but fillers ultimately lose their collagen-building power and are absorbed by the body. Those using dermal fillers to fix uneven nostrils will need follow-up treatments.
Surgical Rhinoplasty to Correct Uneven Nostrils
To surgically fix the deviated septum, Dr. Hershcovtich must reposition the existing septum or remove the deviated part of cartilage and reconstruct a new, straight section of cartilage usually taken from a different part of the septum. Once he places the cartilage at the center of the columella, he can attach it to the septum using sutures. This attachment will ensure a stable tip complex with permanent improvement to nasal symmetry.
If the problem is the positioning of the medial crura (flared nostrils), this too must be corrected through a surgical rhinoplasty procedure.
Uneven Nostrils after Rhinoplasty
While the vast majority of rhinoplasties turn out well, sometimes patients complain of uneven nostrils a few weeks after surgery. Keep in mind swelling after a nose job may persist for six months. Never judge your rhinoplasty outcome until this period has passed.
If six months after surgery uneven nostrils are still apparent, revision rhinoplasty may be necessary. Dr. Hershcovtich can make the necessary improvements for better symmetry by utilizing advanced techniques to provide optimal results and a nose you can be proud to display.
Schedule a Consultation with Rhinoplasty Specialist in Los Angeles
Whatever the reason for nostril asymmetry, we welcome you to contact us to schedule a consultation and learn how we can deliver you a beautiful nose. Dr. Hershcovtich offers discreet advice to his patient in a stress-free environment.