Functional Rhinoplasty Surgery for a Broken Nose

Published on December 10, 2014

If your nose is broken, the bones may heal in unnatural positions, and as a result, your nose might appear to be tilted.

In some cases, segments of the fractured bones may protrude and cause bulges to appear. The broken bones could also obstruct the flow of air through the nostrils. A functional rhinoplasty can correct these issues, and the surgery will allow you to breathe naturally through your nose.

The Sinuses

When a person’s nose has been broken, the cartilage and the small bones could begin to block the sinuses and to cause headaches. The surgery can prevent nasal congestion, eliminate the headaches and decrease your chances of contracting sinusitis.

When a surgery is done to correct a medical issue that arises from an injury to the nose, insurance may cover a portion of that procedure. Contact us for information about the insurances we accept and how much of your surgery may be covered by your insurance provider.

Cosmetic Concerns

After an injury, many patients are concerned with both medical issues that may have arisen due to the injury, but also cosmetic concerns, such as a crooked bridge or a misshapen tip. A facial plastic surgeon can perform a cosmetic rhinoplasty in addition to the functional procedures in order to give the patient the desired aesthetic look. This portion of the rhinoplasty surgery is typically not covered by insurance. Call us and ask us about our available financing options to help you pay for your rhinoplasty in our Scottsdale practice.

Types of Rhinoplasty Surgeries

When performing a closed rhinoplasty, the practitioner will only create the required openings within the nose.

During an open procedure, the doctor will make tiny incisions on the external section of the nose.

Recovering From a Rhinoplasty

In order to swiftly decrease swelling, you may frequently place an ice pack on the body part during the first week after the procedure. You will likely be able to wash your nose once it has been healing for at least two weeks. According to one study, 80 percent of swelling is usually gone within 21 days of the surgery.

Skin Care

The majority of doctors recommend that you should leave a splint on your nose for at least five days after the procedure, and the dressing can be worn every night for approximately one month. If you underwent an open rhinoplasty, you should avoid UV rays for several weeks because ultraviolet light can slow the recovery of the skin.

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