Most rhinoplasty patients are looking to change their nose to improve the way it looks and, subsequently, improve their overall appearance. A handful of patients, however, need rhinoplasty to restore their nose after a major injury. Broken noses that don’t heal properly can look bent, crooked, or disfigured. They can also create a number of breathing problems that can affect a person’s physical health. Rhinoplasty can be used to repair broken noses so that they look and function as they did prior to the injury.
Causes and Consequences of Trauma
Trauma can occur in many different ways, but the three most common sources are accidents, sports, and physical abuse. Accidents can be anything from hitting your nose on a kitchen cabinet to slamming your face into a steering wheel airbag. Football players, basketball players, boxers, and even gymnasts break their noses in matches or from misuse of equipment. Domestic violence victims or people involved in physical altercations often get broken noses from punches or other objects.
Noses are made up of several small and delicate pieces of bone and cartilage. The way the bone and cartilage are shaped determines the shape and function of the nose. If these pieces are subjected to too much force, they can break or bend, disrupting the flow of air through the nose. This can lead to breathing problems that then lead to a bunch of other health problems. Smaller bumps and bruises may not impact the way the nose functions, but it can leave visible dents or depressions.
Rhinoplasty surgeons can reshape the nose to look like it did before the trauma. They can even make it look better! This usually involves working on the nose from the inside out to repair any internal damage before adjusting the external shape. This procedure will require a surgeon who is exceptionally skilled in both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty.
Patients looking to have rhinoplasty to repair an injury should make every effort to see a rhinoplasty surgeon as soon as possible after the injury occurs. A general or family practitioner will be able to treat and set noses after minor breaks or cracks, but more extensive damage to the nose will require the work of a facial plastic surgeon. Broken noses vary greatly depending on the amount of damage caused by trauma, from small dents to a major loss of structural integrity. Patients who require rhinoplasty usually have to wait about six months or so before getting the surgery so that the nose can be healthy enough for the procedure.
The amount of work necessary to repair the nose will depend on the extent and cause of the injury. During the consultation, the surgeon will ask questions to get background information on how and when the injury occurred. They will also assess the nose in its current state using scans and an endoscope, and get an understanding of what the nose looked like before the injury and how the patient would like the nose to look after surgery. After gathering all the necessary information, the surgeon will be able to decide the best way to get the optimal results for the patient.
Getting Your Nose Repaired by Dr. Naderi
Dr. Shervin Naderi had dedicated his practice primarily to rhinoplasty and is highly skilled in restoring both the cosmetic and functional aspects of the human nose. If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic nasal injury and you’d like to find out more about post-trauma rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Naderi to schedule a patient consultation by calling his practice in Virginia at (703) 481-0002 or his practice in Maryland at (301) 222-2020. Dr. Naderi can also be reached via email through the Contact page on his website.