A broken nose is one of the most common facial injuries experienced by men and women of every age. Nasal fractures can be caused by sports, recreational activities, a sudden blow to the face, or a bad fall, among other unfortunate mishaps. While immediate surgical intervention is not necessary to treat all nose injuries, it may be in certain cases. If a fracture is diagnosed by an x-ray, but there is no change in nasal appearance, surgery is typically not necessary. If, on the other hand, there is clearly a change in your nasal contour, a closed reduction of the fracture is often required to restore symmetry.
While this is not an exhaustive list of all situations, a delayed formal rhinoplasty may be required if:
- The injury has damaged your nasal septum
- Your injury has been left untreated for two weeks or longer
- Your nose is now crooked or you dislike the appearance of your nose after your injury
- You feel like your airways are blocked or you have a perpetually stuffy nose
Rhinoplasty can realign the nasal framework and reposition the cartilage and other soft tissues as necessary, effectively repairing the damage caused by your nasal injury. Dr. David Bottger is committed to listening to your concerns and evaluating your injuries to determine the best course of action for your unique needs.
If your breathing has been altered by a nasal fracture, or if your nose looks disproportionate in relation to the rest of your face, rhinoplasty performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon may help. Contact Dr. David Bottger to schedule a personal consultation, and we can help you develop a customized treatment plan to address your concerns.