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A nasal deformity is a malformation in the nose that causes breathing difficulties, impaired sense of smell and other issues. Nasal cavity oddity occurs when a congenital defect, traumatic injury or medical condition causes an unusual appearance. 

What do we need to know about nasal deformities?

A nasal deformity can be cosmetic or functional. Cosmetic nasal deformities affect the physical appearance of the nose while functional nasal deformities can lead to complications with breathing, snoring, sinuses, taste and smell.

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What are the types of nasal deformities?

  • Septum deviation – the cartilage that separates the nostrils (septum) is bent to one side
  • Enlarged adenoids – The lymph glands at the back of the nose (adenoids) can swell up and block the airway, resulting in sleep apnea
  • Swollen turbinates — the turbinates on each nostril clean and humidify the air that is breathed. They obstruct breathing when swollen
  • Saddle nose – We know it as “boxer’s nose” trauma; certain diseases or cocaine abuse causes it
  • Nasal or dorsal hump – a hump in the nose and excess bone or cartilage. Often inherited, trauma can also cause it
  • Other congenital nasal deformities exist 

What are the symptoms of nasal deformities?

  • Loud breathing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Nasal cycle – the nasal cycle occurs when the nose gets blocked. This is normal, but if it occurs, it may show an abnormal obstruction
  • Nasal congestion
  • Breathing through your mouth
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Bleeding – if the nose’s surface dries out, you may experience more nosebleeds
  • Sinusitis that lasts for a long time (inflammation of the sinus passages)
  • Sinus infections 
  • Pressure or pain in the face

What are the causes of nasal deformities?

The following are the most common medical conditions that cause changes in nasal structure. Nasal deformities can be congenital (from birth) or the result of an injury or other trauma, previous surgery, aging or a variety of medical conditions. 

  • Polyps and tumors in the nose
  • Sarcoidosis, an inflammatory bowel disease
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis (inflammation of the blood vessels in the nose, sinuses)
  • Polychondritis (an inflammatory disease in the nose)
  • Disorder of connective tissue
  • Injuries 

When should you go to your ENT surgeon or your otolaryngologist?

  • Nasal bleeds 
  • Severe nasal injury
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nasal pain 
  • Breathing difficulties following swelling

How is nasal deformity treated?

An otolaryngologist will examine both the inside and outside of the nose. Otolaryngologists will perform internal examinations using a fibrescope (a camera attached to a flexible optical fiber). ENT surgeons can use a fibrescope to see if there is a mechanical blockage. This examination allows for the diagnosis of both aesthetic and functional issues. Your otolaryngologists will then discuss with you the treatment aspects, the surgical techniques to be applied and the approach they need to take.

Medications may include:

  • Analgesics: to treat headaches and sinus pain
  • Decongestants: to treat nasal congestion and swelling
  • Antihistamines: to treat allergies, antihistamines can help reduce congestion and dry up a runny nose
  • Steroid sprays: to treat nasal tissue inflammation

Surgical options include:

  • Rhinoplasty, a nose reshaping procedure that is done to improve nasal function or to improve appearance
  • Septoplasty is the surgical straightening of the septum


Nasal cavity aberration occurs when a congenital defect, traumatic injury or medical condition causes an unusual appearance. A nasal deformity can be cosmetic or functional. 

Are the surgical procedures painful?

Local anesthesia can be used in some cases. Consult your doctor for details about surgical procedures.

Why does one's nostrils become clogged?

It all comes down to the 'nasal cycle.' We may not realize it, but our bodies purposefully direct airflow through one nostril more than the other, switching nostrils every few hours.

Is it possible to reshape one’s nose?

Yes. Bones and cartilage determine the shape of your nose and your doctor alters it with a surgical procedure


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