Because rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery, many people have the misconception that it is only done for aesthetic reasons. While rhinoplasty is commonly performed for patients who have aesthetic concerns with the shape and size of their nose, a large number of patients seek out rhinoplasty for medical reasons, such as after facial trauma.
Facial trauma that results in a broken nose can create both functional and cosmetic damage, affecting both the inside and the outside of the nose. If this damage is not addressed appropriately, your broken nose can result in improper healing and may lead to further complications that impact airflow and ease of breathing.
Why Should You Seek Out Nasal Evaluation After an Injury?
When the bone or cartilage in the nose is broken, there is immediate bruising and swelling, internally as well as externally. And just like any other broken bone, a broken nose is not something you want to leave alone to heal itself without appropriate medical guidance. A consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon will assist in evaluating the extent of damage and formulating an appropriate treatment plan. Rhinoplasty after an injury could be considered for the following reasons:
An untreated broken nose will likely not heal correctly. You may be left with a crooked nose, a flatter bridge, or a distinct hump. These aesthetic changes can affect self-esteem and diminish confidence levels.
Even if the aesthetic changes that the injury caused were minor, the functional issues may be a more concerning issue. A broken nose can cause damage to the interior of the nose, such as a deviated septum or a blocked nasal passage. These injuries can result in trouble breathing, recurring sinus infections, and even trouble sleeping. Nasal surgery can be essential to improve the functionality of the nose and restore proper airflow.
Prevent Blood Clots
There is a sudden rush of blood to the area after an injury, causing internal bruising and swelling. This can result in a blood clot that, if left untreated, can settle into the septum and deteriorate the cartilage. Deteriorated cartilage can result in a collapsed nose, which is far more difficult to fix.
When Should You Consider Rhinoplasty After an Injury?
Rhinoplasty addresses both the inside and the outside of the nose to improve function as well as form. This procedure can be performed using either the open or closed approach; however, one technique may be better suited to your specific nasal issues than the other. This is something that you and Dr. Cohn will discuss during your consultation.
Generally, it is best to consider rhinoplasty within a few weeks following nasal trauma. Undergoing surgery soon after the injury gives you a better chance of achieving full restoration of normal function and appearance of your nose. While it is recommended that you consider the procedure shortly after any facial trauma, significant improvement can also be possible even when treating older injuries.
If you have suffered a nasal injury, contact Dr. Al Cohn at (205) 930-1600 to set up a consultation.