A broken nose is an exceedingly common facial injury that can be caused by anything from a sudden fall to a sports-related accident. While we certainly understand the initial panic that often accompanies a nose injury, it’s important to stay calm if you suspect a broken nose. Nasal fractures very rarely cause permanent damage, and having your nose quickly evaluated by a doctor can make the full rehabilitation of your injury much more likely.
If you suspect your nose has been broken, it’s wise to visit your physician as soon as possible so they can assess your condition and obtain the appropriate x-rays. In the meantime, gently apply an ice pack to manage swelling and take over-the-counter pain relievers as necessary. Depending on the extent of damage to your nasal structure and how it affects your ability to breathe, your doctor may suggest one of the following options:
- Closed Reduction: This is the most common procedure performed after a nasal fracture and the technique is indicated when there is a clear deviation or obvious change from your pre-injury appearance. It’s usually done under a general anesthetic and involves placing an instrument into the nasal airways to shift the bones into the proper alignment. Typically, no incisions are required. This is ideally performed within 10 days of the injury.
- Rhinoplasty or Septorhinoplasty: If your septum was damaged, your breathing is reduced, your nose healed crooked, the injuries sustained are too severe for a closed reduction, or there has been a significant delay in treatment, rhinoplasty may be the best course of action. This surgical procedure can recontour the nasal framework to enhance or restore your pre-injury appearance. A septorhinoplasty addresses damage in the septum to improve breathing irregularities, while also cosmetically enhancing the nose.
Philadelphia plastic surgeon David Bottger, MD has helped many patients reclaim their appearance and breathing function after a nose injury using customized rhinoplasty techniques. Whether you have suffered a fresh break or have lived with a nasal fracture for years, Dr. Bottger can help restore the full integrity of your nose — both form and function.
Please contact Dr. David Bottger if you have any questions about our plastic surgery services or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation.