Rhinoplasty surgery, or more commonly referred to as nose job, aims to cosmetically improve the central feature of the face. But in some cases, the procedure is also used to correct breathing problems and abnormal airflow.
One of the most common concerns of rhinoplasty patients is their asymmetrical nostrils, which not only lead to facial imbalance but also to breathing difficulties especially if there is a significant size gap.
More often than not, the asymmetrical nostrils can be corrected by rhinoplasty. But you have to realize that the surgery is a highly complex one, so it is a sacrosanct rule to only consult a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; never go to non-specialists because they accounted for the majority of botched results.
While the asymmetrical nostrils are sometimes caused by abnormal growth, more often than not these are due to overcorrection or over-aggressive previous rhinoplasty. If the problem is caused by the latter, it is important that you consult a highly skilled surgeon.
To address the asymmetric appearance, your doctor would fix the cartilage inside the nose. Remember that while it is possible to make the size and shape of the nostrils almost similar, do not expect perfection (fortunately, this is not a problem since it is cosmetically acceptable, and the faces really have a slight imbalance).
As with any cosmetic surgery, the aim of rhinoplasty is to create natural-looking results rather than “perfectly” symmetrical outcome simply because it is hard, if not impossible, to achieve them.
If there is a significant asymmetry in the nostrils, i.e., those with cleft lip, plastic surgeons will most likely use grafting to address the deficient bone and soft tissue. But in such cases, improvements are quite difficult, although doctors will utilize every effort to make the appearance near normal.
Meanwhile, asymmetry that is caused by deviated septum (the vertical tissue separating the left and right nostrils) is corrected by septoplasty, which is a rhinoplasty technique that particularly targets this area. It aims to address breathing difficulties and abnormal airflow and at the same time improve the nose’s appearance.
Last year alone, about 244,000 rhinoplasties were performed in the US, making it the second most popular cosmetic surgery, according to a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.