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Asymmetry between the nostrils is quite common. It can be a minor difference or a more noticeable variation.


  • Genetics: Like many facial features, nostril size and shape are influenced by genetics. Asymmetry can be inherited.
  • Developmental factors: During facial development in the womb, slight imbalances can occur, leading to nostril asymmetry.
  • Injury: Trauma to the nose can damage the cartilage and structures that support the nostrils, resulting in asymmetry.


Similar to other nasal concerns, nostril asymmetry is not a medical condition. However, there are corrective options:

  • Rhinoplasty: A rhinoplasty can address nostril asymmetry by adjusting the underlying cartilage and tissues to create a more symmetrical appearance.
  • Septorhinoplasty: In some cases, a deviated septum can contribute to nostril asymmetry. Septorhinoplasty is a procedure that corrects both the septum and the external appearance of the nose, potentially improving nostril symmetry.


Please consult a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to discuss your concerns and explore treatment options.

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