From walking into a wall to falling down, taking a blow to the face or suffering blunt force trauma in a vehicle accident, a nasal fracture is the most common injury to the face. Also referred to as a nose fracture or simply a broken nose, these injuries occur along the cartilage, over the bridge of the nose or in the septum, as explained by Healthline. Even so, the delicate framework of the nose is such that it requires specialized care, as part of the changing paradigm of treatment for nasal fractures.
Repairing a nose fracture is all about timing. For instance, if a nose injury is acute, and an individual is able to seek medical care within six hours, it’s possible that the nose can be “set” before bones and cartilage adjust to their new, injured position. Moreover, focused attention must be given to the septum if it has been damaged. For those that do not seek immediate care, it’s recommended to wait about one week to allow time for swelling to decrease before the position of the nose is adjusted.
On the other hand, for individuals experiencing functional problems associated with an older fracture, or if the nose is obviously crooked, specialized surgical care is best as part of a reconstructive rhinoplasty. Better known as a nose job, a rhinoplasty reshapes the nose, both on the inside and outside. This often requires opening the nose to address the specific anatomy of the bones and cartilage.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists the following structural defects and functional problems treated by rhinoplasty:
- Nose size (in relation to facial balance)
- Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of nostrils
- Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
- Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, dropping, upturned or hooked
- Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
- Nasal asymmetry
While rhinoplasty surgery is relatively common, it is a complex and highly technical procedure, requiring utmost precision and skill. As such, it is imperative to seek the expertise of a trusted plastic surgeon. Dr. Evan Ransom performs cosmetic, functional and complete reconstructive surgeries of the nose. As a renowned specialist in the industry, Dr. Ransom is also known for the attention and care that he provides for each patient, helping them feel confident and at ease.
For more information regarding rhinoplasty surgery, or to schedule an appointment, call the San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery today.
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