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How are Nasal Fractures Evaluated and Repaired?

Dr. Kevin Sadati - Board Certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery | Newport Beach

Feb

14

How are Nasal Fractures Evaluated and Repaired?

The treatment of a nasal fracture will vary depending on the severity of the fracture and the cause of the injury. Orange County patients who have experienced nasal fractures should make it a priority to see a qualified facial plastic surgeon in order to figure out the best treatment option for them.

At the initial appointment, the surgeon will evaluate the crooked nose and determine which technique should be used in order to correct the fracture. Some Newport Beach patients may require a rhinoplasty procedure, while others might need to explore their other treatment options.

Why Should I Treat a Nasal Fracture?

A nasal fracture can cause a variety of issues for the patient. First and foremost, a fracture will more than likely result in a crooked nose. This can impact a person’s appearance and can make a person feel self conscious about his or her nose. In addition, structural damage can occur as a result of the injury.

The nasal passageways could become blocked or obstructed, which can make it difficult for a person to breathe, sleep, and participate in their normal activities. The nose will not heal itself on the own properly, and the healing process can cause further damage if treatment options are not explored.

When Should the Fracture be Treated?

If a fracture is severe, some patients may need immediate medical attention in order to control bleeding. In cases of minor nasal fractures, patients should still make medical attention a top priority. It is easiest to treat a nasal fracture within the first 10 days of the initial injury because the nose will not have started to heal itself yet.

This is the best time to achieve optimum aesthetic and structural results. However, there are options available if patients seek treatment after the ten-day window, but it may be more difficult for the surgeon to achieve superior results.

How are Nasal Fractures Treated?

In the event of a minor nasal fracture, a patient might only need their nose reset by the surgeon. This is an in-office procedure that does not require anesthesia. However, if the fracture is more severe, surgery may be the best way to treat the fracture.

In many cases, patients opt to have a rhinoplasty performed in order to address both the structural damage and the aesthetic damage that resulted from the original injury.

Nasal fractures are a relatively common injury, given the position of the nose on the face and its susceptibility to injury. Whether you have injured your nose during a sports activity or you bumped into something face-first, you will want to have your injury evaluated by an expert cosmetic surgeon.

The most qualified surgeons will be able to provide you with treatment options that not only address the aesthetic issues caused by the fracture, but also address the structural injuries that took place. At the end of the day, patients will find that there’s a treatment option that allows them to look like themselves once again.

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