How to Fix a Broken Nose
The nose’s central location on the face makes it possible for even the smallest alteration to have an effect on the overall facial aesthetic. Trauma and injury to the nose can not only affect its appearance, but may also create a functional issue that affects breathing and the normal flow of air through the nasal cavity. Whether a broken nose occurs as the result of a fall, a recreational or sports accident, or other type of traumatic impact, it is imperative that individuals who suffer trauma to the nose have a professional evaluation. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) may or may not be recommended depending on the extent of the damage, whether aesthetic and/or nasal function has been compromised, and other factors; however, it is very important to at least have the area examined soon after impact, particularly if symptoms have developed. The odds that surgery will be necessary significantly rise if the area has not been professionally examined and potentially treated within 14 days after the injury occurred.
Some signs of a broken nose, whether moderate or severe in nature, include:
- Extensive bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop
- Nasal bones that are in a different position than before the injury
- Significant swelling or bruising in the areas of the nose and eyes
- Damage to the nasal septum
- Trouble breathing through the nose; chronic stuffy nose; the feeling that the nasal airway is blocked
If surgery is indicated, an advanced rhinoplasty procedure can be the best solution for a broken nose for many individuals. This procedure can adjust bones and cartilage to correct aesthetic irregularities and correct breathing problems caused by the injury. A board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ayman Hakki should be consulted when surgery is necessary due to the fact that rhinoplasty is a very complex procedure, requiring a skilled surgeon who has successfully performed the treatment many times. In some cases, Dr. Hakki may even recommend a consultation with an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT).
Again, not all cases of nose injury require surgical intervention; however, individuals should always have an evaluation as quickly as possible after trauma to the nose, even if symptoms are not present, to have the area properly assessed. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Luxxery Boutique today.