The placement and delicate structure of your nose make it susceptible to breaks; however, just because they’re common, doesn’t mean they’re easy to fix. If you’ve broken your nose, see a surgeon as soon as possible. If you were able to, seeing a facial plastic surgeon for the initial fix and reconstruction is preferable. However, many patients who come to see us have already had the initial break “fixed” and are unhappy with the cosmetic results. In these cases, we provide patients with cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery for broken nose reconstruction.
Rhinoplasty for Broken Nose Reconstruction: Frequently Asked Questions
Broken nose reconstruction is more complex than a cosmetic rhinoplasty involving no injuries or medical complaints. The kind of break, the initial resetting of the nose, and the results from any prior surgeries all factor in to determine a patient’s eligibility for surgery and the type of surgical techniques to be used. A consultation with a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon is the best way to understand your personal needs. However, while you wait for your appointment date, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about broken nose reconstruction.
Am I a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Rhinoplasty for Broken Nose Reconstruction?
Your facial plastic surgeon will need to complete a physical examination of your nose to determine your eligibility for a cosmetic rhinoplasty. The type of break, previous surgeries, and the condition of your nasal tissues, bones, and cartilage are all factors that must be examined and considered. Your unique anatomy and expectations will also weigh into whether your facial plastic surgeon will recommend you for cosmetic rhinoplasty for broken nose reconstruction.
What Kind of Surgeon Should I Choose for my Broken Nose Reconstruction?
If you’re considering cosmetic rhinoplasty for a broken nose, choosing the right surgeon is vital. Look for a facial plastic surgeon who is also a board-certified ear, nose and throat physician. When you have a surgeon with specialized training in treating the nose, you’ll be more likely to experience positive results. Not only will you have someone who is skilled at repairing the exterior appearance of your nose, but you’ll also have a facial plastic surgeon who understands the inner workings of the nose to ensure that it functions properly.
How is a Broken Nose Reconstruction Different From Typical Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Surgery?
According to the AAFPRS, broken noses are a frequent occurrence and should immediately be addressed by a facial plastic surgeon. Additionally, patients will have better results if the break is addressed properly with immediacy, as waiting can result in scar tissue and a more difficult surgery.
Depending on the severity of the break, broken nose reconstruction surgery may involve repairing the nasal bones. Because breaking your nose can also result in compromised breathing, corrective nasal surgery may be needed. With typical cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery, your facial plastic surgeon will lift the skin to remove or reshape the bones and cartilage. To ensure that your nose retains its shape during the healing process, a splint will be used.
How Many Surgeries Will I Need?
You should only need one surgery; however, this varies from patient to patient. In many cases, cosmetic rhinoplasty can be done at the same time as the functional correction of any breathing problems caused by the break. However, if you’re reading this, you’ve likely already had a procedure done to correct the immediate breathing problems associated with the break and are considering a cosmetic correction. If you’ve already had a cosmetic correction and are unhappy with those results, we can perform a revision rhinoplasty to correct it.
Will Insurance Cover my Cosmetic Fixes?
If your broken nose resulted in significant airway constriction, insurance will usually pay for this portion of your surgery. However, if you intend to have a cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time, insurance does not typically cover it. However, we do offer plastic surgery financing.
Why Should I See Dr. David Hecht for my Cosmetic Rhinoplasty in Scottsdale?
Not only did Dr. David Hecht attend prestigious schools to obtain his medical education and training, but he also completed his internship in otolaryngology (head-and-neck surgery). This added training and experience gives him an in-depth understanding of the nose, allowing him to develop a customized treatment plan that embraces both the form and function of the nose. Dr. Hecht is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology.
Schedule a Consultation for a Broken Nose Reconstruction in Scottsdale
When it comes to broken nose reconstruction, or any nose surgery, experience and extensive education count. This is why you’ll feel confident with Dr. David Hecht performing your cosmetic rhinoplasty in Scottsdale. He and our staff will be able to answer all of your questions about reconstruction surgery. In addition to specializing in broken nose reconstruction, he also completes revision surgeries. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.