As one of the most prominent features of the face, the nose is also one of the most prone to facial injury and trauma. A broken nose can not only effect how your nose looks, but also affect function, such as breathing complications.
While many cases of nasal trauma will heal on their own, severe breaks may require a rhinoplasty procedure to not only address aesthetic concerns, but also restore normal nasal function. While you may not need surgery to repair your nose, it is always a good idea to see a plastic surgeon soon after injury to evaluate whether rhinoplasty surgery after a nasal injury is necessary.
Not All Broken Noses Require Treatment
Minor facial trauma may result in minor fractures or swelling of the nose that may look more serious than it really is. In these cases, your nose may heal on its own with the application of ice and the use of over-the-counter pain medications. In these cases, you are unlikely to require rhinoplasty to fix your nose. However, while the emergency room may send you on your way, it may still be beneficial to schedule an appointment with a facial plastic surgeon to make sure nothing was missed.
When to See a Plastic Surgeon
If you have a severe break to your nose, it is important to see a facial plastic surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty within seven to 10 days of your injury in order for the surgeon to evaluate your break and the damage that was done.
Addressing possible concerns immediately helps avoid possible complications that can occur as the nose heals on its own or with a nose splint from the emergency room. While a surgeon can perform a nose job after it has healed, it is better to address the damage as soon as possible in order to ensure function is maintained and you receive the best results.
If you have broken your nose, Dr. Drew Davis can consult with you to determine whether your nose is able to heal on its own or if a rhinoplasty procedure is necessary to restore function and appearance. To learn more, call (916) 318-5770 to schedule a consultation.