Hooked Nose

Overview: Hooked nose

The nose comes in all shapes and sizes, and is a very prominent and important feature of the face. It allows you to breath without the need to open your mouth and is a very important part of sensory nervous system, allowing you to smell things.

A hooked nose is a description of a type of nose that is curved or has a bump on the bridge, giving the appearance of a hooked shape. There can be many factors which can cause a nose to become hooked, it could be a result of a broken nose or some other genetic factor.

A nose that is curved or hooked can significantly affect the way you look. In some cases, it can seem like your facial features are asymmetrical and change the balance, and aesthetics, of your face.

It’s not that uncommon for a lot of people that have a hooked nose to feel a little self-conscious or anxious, especially when meeting someone for the first time. You may notice that some new people stare, or double take, when you first engage with them, which naturally makes you feel like you’re being judged.

Why are noses so different?

The natural size and shape of your nose is, to a certain extent, determined by your genes. Studies from the University College London have identified specific genes that determine the shape and size this facial feature. This mean that everything from the size of nostrils to the width of bridge are all coded in your DNA, so to a certain extent predetermined in the genome.

This would explain how a person’s ethnic background can directly affect what their facial features look like.

Of course, environmental factors can also influence how the nose may change. Activities that result in damage to the nose can affect its shape, size and function.

Health implication of a hooked nose

A nose that is not straight, in other words hooked, may need a medical assessment. The reason for this is, a bent or crocked nose may indicate an abnormality in the structure of the nose which could lead to significant health problems.

Having a broken or damaged nose can affect your ability to breath and smell properly.  The inability to breath comfortably may have wider health implications as it can impact how much oxygen you’re receiving and how comfortable you sleep at night.

The lack of sleep and oxygen deprivation are serious health issues that need to be observed and treated by a medical expert.

What is the solution for a hooked nose?

A lot of people choose not to take any action if they are not experiencing health issues or are comfortable with the look of their nose. However, not everyone will feel this way. For those who are experiencing serious discomfort about how their nose looks or are concerned about health issues related it, rhinoplasty is a popular procedure carried out to improve the form and function of the nose.

 Some of the areas that can be treated include:

  • Folds of the nose.
  • A bump on the bridge of the nose.
  • Lack of symmetry.
  • Crooked nose.
  • A flat or a low bridge

Things to consider before changing the shape of your nose?

Having any form of cosmetic surgery is a big decision and needs a lot of careful thought and consideration because quite often the procedure can’t be reversed, and the outcome can seriously change your appearance.

It’s important to consider how necessary the procedure is for you and set expectations regarding what you want and whether it is achievable.

Hooked nose treatments


Rhinoplasty is a very popular cosmetic procedure used to change the shape and size of the nose, usually for aesthetic purposes, but can also improve function.

There are different types of rhinoplasty treatment depending on what needs to be achieved, including:

  • If you want to make your nose smaller the surgeon will remove cartilage and bone to reduce the size of your nose.
  • If you want to make your nose larger the surgeon will graft bone from different parts of the body (hip, elbow or skull) and cartilage from your ear to build up the nose.
  • If you want to change the shape of your nose the surgeon will break the nose and rearrange the cartilage to the desired shape.

Non-surgical nose job

Non-surgical nose job, also referred to as non-surgical rhinoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to change the shape and appearance of the nose without the need for surgery.

A non-surgical nose job can be used to correct many issues that affect the appearance of the nose by reshaping, re-balancing or resizing it.