Nasal Deformity​


Nasal deformities are malformations in the nose that can cause the nose to look aesthetically unappealing (cosmetic) or interfere with the nose functions (functional). 

The deformity can occur due to a number of reasons and may be present at birth, in babies with a  cleft lip and cleft palate, nasal mass or other anomaly; or it may be due to old age, injury or other medical conditions such as Sarcoidosis, Wegner’s Disease.

Symptoms of functional nasal deformity are:

  • Nasal blockage

  • Noisy breathing 

  • Snoring

  • Decreased smell 

  • Decreased taste

  • Nose bleeds

  • Recurrent sinusitis

Cosmetic nasal deformity will present itself as malformations in the way the nose look.

If you are facing any of the above symptoms, seek immediate help from your doctor working with the Eye and ENT Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital. You can safely and privately discuss your symptoms, gain advice and receive personalized treatment and care.

Your time with your doctor maybe limited, so make sure to prepare for your visit beforehand. Here are some tips to help get you started.

To test for nasal deformity, your Otolaryngologist (Eye-Nose-Throat specialist) working with the Eye and ENT Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital will perform a complete nasal exam, followed by head and neck exam. He or she will check for structural collapse of the nose and a crooked septum. After a full nose examination, your doctor will ask about the following as they may affect the diagnosis and treatment:

  • Allergies

  • Smoking

  • History of previous surgery

  • Previous trauma

  • General medical history

  • Seasonal or daily variation in symptoms

Nasal surgery is the standard treatment for nasal deformity symptoms. Expert surgeons at the Eye and ENT Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital, can guide you in selecting the best surgical procedure for your treatment. These include:​

  • Sinus Image-Guided Surgery: Focuses on correcting deformities that interfere with breathing and proper functioning of the sinuses.

  • Septoplasty: The minimally invasive surgical procedure helps in repositioning the septum.

  • Rhinoplasty: During this type of surgery, bone, tissue and/or skin are removed from the nose using small incisions.

In some cases, multiple surgical procedures may be recommended to improve both the form and functionality of the nose.​

Please click here for some guidelines on “what to do before your surgery”.

Please click here for some guidelines on “what to do on the day of your surgery”.

There can be some complications caused during nasal surgery, including:

  • Failure to resolve the infection or sinus problem.

  • Bleeding

  • Chronic nasal drainage or excessive dryness in the nose

  • Prolonged pain

Please click here for some guidelines on “what to do after your surgery”

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers various support services to help with managing or recovering from the disease or condition. These include but are not limited to nutrition, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, specialized clinics and some patient support groups. Your doctor or nurse will advise you accordingly.

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers financial assistance to those who are in need and fulfil the eligibility criteria. For further information, you can contact the Patient Welfare Department. You can find the contact number of the Patient Welfare Department in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

The financial counselling staff is available during office hours, at the main PBSD (Patient Business Services Department), to answer your financial queries on treatments’ costs and authorize admissions on partial deposit as per hospital policies allow. The financial counsellor in the emergency room is open 24/7. You can find the contact number of the Patient Business Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage​

Your doctor and or nurse will give you specific instructions about the prescribed medication. Please ensure that you take or use the prescribed medicine as advised. It can be dangerous to your health if you self-prescribe. Please inform the doctor or nurse beforehand if you have experienced any adverse reactions to any medications in the past. If you experience any symptoms of drug poisoning, overdose or severe reaction please contact the Pharmacy Service at The Aga Khan University Hospital immediately. You can find the contact number of the Pharmacy Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.




The information provided on our website is for educational purposes and not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional provider.