There are several reasons your nose may be crooked, nasal fractures being one of the most common. Additionally, a feature often seen in the face of older people is a crooked and drooping nose. Throughout life, the nose continues to grow, and the cartilage in the lower section may weaken and then separate from the upper part of the nose. This often gives the appearance that a hump has developed on the bridge of the nose. A plastic surgeon can perform surgery to improve the shape of your crooked nose, or you can try some facial exercises aimed at strengthening the nasal muscles.
The nose shortener was devised by "Facercise" creator Carole Maggio, She claims that the exercise will help form a straighter nose by raising a drooping nose tip. Using your index finger, push the tip of the nose up. Contract the muscle by flexing your nose down against the resistance created by your finger. Repeat 35 times, each time concentrating on the muscle forcing your finger down. Keep your breathing steady while performing the exercise. For maximum results, perform the nose shortener exercise twice a day.
Juliette Kando, author of the book "Natural Facelift," says that, as the upper part of the nose is made of solid bone and the center part is made from cartilage, these sections of the nose cannot be improved by exercising. However, according to Kando, the nostrils are made of very strong muscle, and that by exercising the nostrils it is possible to change the general shape of the nose. Kando recommends placing your index fingers down either side of your nose, and flaring your nostrils by making a small movement using the muscles above your upper lip. Create resistance by keeping your fingers in place against the movement of the nostrils. Repeat this exercise as often as possible until your nose takes on a more symmetrical shape.
According to the BMI Healthcare website, a rhinoplasty surgical procedure is the only way to change the shape of your nose. However, testimonials in "Carole Maggio Facercise" claim her exercises helped people to straighten their noses even after the nose had been broken.
- BMI Healthcare: Septorhinoplasty with Graft or Implant
- "Carole Maggio Facercise"; Carole Maggio; 2002
- "Natural Facelift"; Juliette Kando; 1991