Facial injuries can occur at any time. Between car accidents, sports injuries, and falls, your nose is always at risk. Because your nose projects outward, it is far more susceptible to cosmetic and functional damage. While some nasal breaks can be repaired manually, more severe injuries, multiple breaks, or breaks that have already started to set may require a surgical fix. Rhinoplasty can be performed on injured noses to restore aesthetics and functionality by realigning and reshaping the nasal structure.
A cosmetic deformity is one of the major reasons patients turn to rhinoplasty after an injury. Even though many individuals believe that it is alright to allow a nose to heal on its own, this is not without risk. A broken nose is like any other broken bone: if it is not set correctly, it will not heal correctly. Patients may discover that their once well-shaped nose is crooked, flattened, or humped. Surgery is the only option to correct a nose with a cosmetic concern such as this.
Nasal obstruction is the most significant concern after a facial injury. A broken nose can lead to a deviated or perforated septum. Both of these conditions diminish breathing capabilities and can result in additional complications such as headaches, recurring sinus infections, nosebleeds, and trouble sleeping. When there is a blockage to the nasal airway, a technique known as septoplasty can be performed. Septoplasty repairs a deviation by realigning the soft cartilage of the septum to allow for proper airflow.
There is a sudden rush of blood to the nose when it experiences trauma. Occasionally, this blood will collect and create a septal hematoma that, if left untreated, can lead to an infection. Infections settle into the cartilage and begin to eat away at it, causing the collapse of the nose. A collapsed nose is complicated to treat and should be avoided at all costs.
How Soon Can Rhinoplasty Be Performed?
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that improves nasal form and function. Because facial injury causes both external and internal bruising and swelling, it can be challenging to diagnose the underlying concerns initially. Often, patients will need to wait a few days before undergoing surgery so that the surgeon can see the damaged structure without the bruising and swelling getting in the way. While some waiting is helpful, it is vital to see a doctor as soon as possible. The chances of complete restoration are increased significantly when the damage is corrected shortly after the injury. Rhinoplasty can, however, benefit patients with fully healed nasal injuries. Rhinoplasty after a broken nose can greatly enhance confidence and self-esteem that may have been affected by the injury.
To learn more about the benefits of rhinoplasty after a broken nose, contact Dr. Corbin by calling his Beverly Hills office at (310) 284-8384, his Brea office at (714) 671-3033, or by filling out his online contact form.