How to Fix a Broken Nose
The nose is the most commonly fractured facial bone resulting from trauma. If evaluated and treated in a timely manner, this type of injury does not usually cause lasting damage. While learning you may have a suspected nose fracture can understandably cause a sense of panic, the first step in repairing the break is seeing a qualified facial plastic surgeon within one week of the fracture. Once your doctor has assessed the extent of damage to the cartilage and nasal bones, he or she will be able to recommend the best treatment to address your injuries.
If the break is mild, your nose may be restored to its proper positioning during a closed reduction procedure. This involves your doctor manually realigning the nasal bones under anesthesia or, less likely, in-office under local anesthesia. However, if the damage to your nose is moderate to severe, you may require a rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty—which can help resolve breathing difficulties or a deviated septum. A facial plastic surgeon will be able to restore the form and function of your nasal framework.
Keep in mind that you may have to wait until swelling subsides to a certain degree before a surgeon can treat your broken nose. Immediately after your injury, using ice packs and taking over-the-counter acetaminophen can be effective remedies to reduce swelling under the eyes and around the nose while you wait to see your surgeon.
A nasal fracture commonly results from everyday accidents, such as a fall or sudden blow to the face when playing sports. Dr. Scott Shadfar is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon who can assess your injuries and repair any cosmetic damage and/or breathing deficits caused by a broken nose. Please contact our Oklahoma City practice for a consultation, or to learn more about our services.