Posted on October 13, 2022 in Rhinoplasty
Although rhinoplasty (a “nose job”) is often regarded as a cosmetic procedure, revision rhinoplasty or septoplasty can be performed to repair the nose after facial trauma. If you break your nose, it is important to visit a plastic surgeon as soon as possible and create an effective treatment plan to restore the function and appearance of your nose.
When your nose is broken, the problem should be treated as soon as possible so that the nasal bone and cartilage will not heal incorrectly. More specifically, rhinoplasty is usually most effective when it is performed within a few weeks after the break.
A plastic surgeon has the medical skills and artistic vision necessary to improve both the appearance and function of your broken nose. Dr. Evan Ransom, MD, specializes in both cosmetic rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty and will work with you to develop the most effective treatment plan.
Rhinoplasty after a nasal break is especially important to repair the functional and aesthetic nature of the nose. There are two options you can choose, with the guidance of your doctor, to fit your specific health concerns and aesthetic goals: open or closed rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty is more invasive since the top of the nose is opened, but this technique may be necessary to get a better view of the nose and effectively repair the internal structure.
A broken nose can create a crooked appearance, flattened bridge, or dorsal hump, resulting in an unaesthetic facial profile and a negative self-image. Both cosmetic and revision/functional rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of the nose. Sometimes these procedures are combined for patients who were already unhappy with the appearance of their nose before breaking it.
When the nose receives facial trauma, the septum can deviate, or the nasal passage(s) can become blocked. This interior damage is possible even if the nasal bone is not broken. A deviated septum or blocked nasal passage makes it difficult to breathe properly and can cause sinus problems or trouble sleeping.
After a nasal injury, blood rushes to the area and causes internal and external bruising and swelling. If the break is left untreated, a blood clot can develop and deteriorate the cartilage over time. This can cause your nose to collapse which is a much more difficult injury to fix.
If you have recently suffered a traumatic facial injury, you should receive treatment as soon as possible. Rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Evan Ransom will help you determine the best treatment plan to effectively repair and enhance your nose. Schedule a consultation by calling our San Francisco office at 415-877-6589 or filling out an online contact form.
Dr. Evan Ransom is an Ivy League-educated and Ivy League trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is a Double Board Certified Head and Neck Surgeon and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and fellowship-trained in facial plastic, reconstructive, and laser surgery. His practice is in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving patients from San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Walnut Creek, the East Bay, and all over Northern California.