Deviated noses may be harder to correct than first thought
People who have crooked, or "deviated," noses are more likely to have a face whose two sides don't quite match up either, suggests a new study from South Korea.
"Many patients who think they have deviated noses actually have combined facial asymmetry," said Dr. Yong Ju Jang, who is the study's senior author from the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul.
"This means that deviated nose is not a simple nose problem in many cases, but is complex issue related with facial skeleton abnormality," he said in an email to Reuters Health.
If doctors and patients don't pay proper attention to facial asymmetry, Jang said, "they often end up with dissatisfaction because of the difficulty in making the nose look straight in patients with facial asymmetry."
The researchers note that deviant noses tended to curve toward the smaller side of asymmetrical faces. That may be because the nose is formed along with the rest of the face during embryonic development and may curve toward the slower-growing side.
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