Can Rhinoplasty Fix This Dent In My Nose?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a dent in my nose and I find it extremely hard to breathe out of my nose over the years I’ve tried multiple different nasal sprays, home remedies, I’m sure I’ve tried every single suggestion on the internet not only is it extremely difficult for me to breathe I absolutely hate the dent in my nose it’s my biggest insecurity. 

A: By your own description you probably have an internal nasal deformity (septal deviation, turbinate hypertrophy or both) which is the primary source of your airway obstruction. The dent in your nose that you refer to is what is known as a bifid nose, meaning the lower alar cartilages are wide and spread far apart creating a valley or groove down through the tip of the nose. Both can be corrected by open rhinoplasty surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana