Broken and Crooked Noses in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics, provide treatment for broken and crooked noses, for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.

What is a crooked nose?

The crooked nose is a general term used to describe the nose that appears well, uneven and crooked.  While some people are born with this (inherited trait from their parents), others may have acquired it from trauma at a various time throughout their lives.

How do I know if I broke my nose?

Common signs associated with a broken nose include pain, nose bleed, and sometimes bruising around the nose and eyes.  If a bone is broken and shifted, you may feel the bump or step-off on the nose.  However, within hours, swelling from the soft tissue of your nose will make it hard to determine just from feeling your nose.

While an x-ray or CT scan is not necessary to confirm the diagnosis of a broken nose, many emergency rooms may perform these tests to confirm that the fracture does not involve other critical structures beyond the nose.

What can be done to correct the broken nose and/or the crooked nose?

Treatment planning for the broken or crooked nose depends on the timing of the trauma, extent of the injury, and the goal of the patient.

Within hours after the trauma, the nose will begin to swell.  By the time the patient presents to the clinic a few days later, the nose may be still very swollen.  Treatment options at this stage include either conservative observation to see how the patient does without any intervention, or scheduling for a procedure to “reset the broken nose”, also called closed reduction, before the bone heals completely.  Closed reduction should be performed within a month of the initial injury, and it is suitable for a more straightforward fracture.

If the patient presents with a more complex broken nose, including a multiple fragmented fracture, severe crooked appearance, or septal fracture, then a formal nasal repair, also called open reduction, should be considered.  Unlike the closed reduction where correction of the broken nose is performed through physical force without any incision to the nose, open reduction implies that incision is created to make a controlled cut on the bone (osteotomy) or realigning the affected cartilage of the nose (functional septorhinoplasty) to restore both the function and appearance back to original condition before the injury.

How long does it take to recover from a crooked nose or broken nose repair procedure?

This depends on the extent of the procedure.   If the patient’s problem can be adequately addressed via the endonasal approach (“closed”) nasal valve repair procedure, patients will often return to work in a few days.  Most patients do not require any nasal packing, and should be able to breathe through their nose after a few days.  Sutures are placed inside the nose and will dissolve on their own.

If the patient required more extensive functional septorhinoplasty, the patient will have a small incision under the nose and possibly a splint outside the nose.  The small suture under the nose, and the splint outside the nose will be removed at day 7 after the surgery.  The patient may resume desk activities a few days after the surgery, but outdoor activity or exertion should be avoided for about 10 days.  Aerobic exercises may be resumed after 2 weeks with intensity increased gradually thereafter.

Will my insurance cover the surgery?

If you broke your nose many years ago and are now bothered by the appearance of the crooked nose only, your insurance will likely not agree to cover the surgery.  However, if you are noticing trouble breathing through your nose, this will be covered by your insurance as a functional rhinoplasty or nasal valve repair surgery.  While the main goal is to improve the function of your nose, the crooked appearance of your nose should also improve.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.


Plastic Surgeon in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY


Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I was working in Central New York and had an upcoming event and needed to get 2 areas of Dystport done. They were able to accommodate my schedule( as it was short notice) Dr. Kim’s entire staff was so friendly and welcoming!! During the procedure , even Nurse Dan held my hand and kept me smiling the whole time!! I was incredibly impressed with Dr Kim as he made sure he took the time to explain the process as well as not “ being rushed” something I have experienced with previous Doctors. I live in Florida but will be seeing Dr Kim from now on, and will be recommending their office to my fellow New Yorkers! It’s been almost 2 weeks since my appointment and the results are amazing!!! So happy! Thank you so much Dr Kim, Mary and the rest of the staff !

- michele goodwin

Dr. Kim is a world-class facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been to the top surgeons in the country from Beverly Hills to Miami and I found Dr. Kim to be superior. His face and neck lift were flawless and so natural that no one could tell I had anything done, but everyone said I looked ten years younger. As Syracuse is a discreet location, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a top notch face and neck lift to fly in. His bedside manner is as fantastic as his work. I can’t recommend Dr. Kim enough. I think he is the best Facial plastic surgeon in the country.

- Shelly Cohen

I am very happy with Dr. Kim and all of his staff. Not only did I have a surgical procedure done but I also go there every week for allergy shots and they couldn't be nicer. And Dr. Kim is awesome - - great bedside manner! I highly recommend them!!!

- Sheila Guenette

57 years old and wanted to start my new path in life retired...not looking tired! I did extensive research and sought out 5 surgeon recommendations. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Sang Kim for several reasons: 1 - He specialized in and only performs /neck surgeries, 2 - Dr. Kim is younger and probably more newly established, but there was no doubt that he is a perfectionist and a professional in his field, 3 - He is patient and really listens. I felt confident and trusted that he was giving me his best recommendation for my concerns, 4 - He didn't try to push unnecessary or extra procedures, 5 - I was impressed by how obvious it was that Dr. Kim's administrative and medical staff liked him and respected his work. But most of all, I am extremely satisfied with the results of my face lift!

- Shannon F

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim. He is the most patient, professional, and personable physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Instead of being rushed through the practice, every member of his staff made me feel welcome and important from the moment I walked through the door. He wouldn't perform a single procedure on me until he fully answered every minute question I had (all of which he eloquently and candidly answered); you can tell that his formal training was exceptional. His bedside manner and skilled technique easily make him one of the best kept secrets in Syracuse. I have referred numerous friends to him who have also, in turn, referred their friends. Make the consult and see for yourself... you won't be disappointed!

- Deanna Hillman

Dr. Kim and his staff were incredible. I had a face lift done this past summer and I was treated with dignity and respect by everyone. Dr. Kim is an exceptional surgeon and one of the nicest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his entire staff. I recently went back to Dr. Kim for injections. Again my experience was wonderful. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect. I didn't bruise and I love the fact that he doesn't overdo. He and his staff are just incredible. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

- Debbie Ely

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