A broken nose is one of the most common facial injuries experienced among patients in Newport Beach and around the country. Whether a suspected nasal break results from a fall, sports injury, or sudden blow to the face, fractures in the delicate nose structure should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible so they can assess the full scope of your injuries. A broken nose doesn’t always require extensive treatment, but a doctor’s analysis is typically required to help ensure your nose heals properly. Immediately after your nasal injury, you should gently apply a cool compress to reduce swelling and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If your nose is bleeding, leaning forward and breathing through your mouth can prevent blood from draining into your throat.
Once you are able to visit the doctor, they will be able to suggest further steps based on the extent of your injuries. Your doctor may place a nasal splint and/or perform a closed reduction procedure, which involves manual realignment of your nose under a local anesthetic. If suggested, this typically takes place two to three days after your injury. For moderate to severe nasal breaks, a rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty from a qualified facial plastic surgeon may be the best course of action. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that can realign your nose to its proper positioning, while septorhinoplasty is usually performed in cases where damage to the septum was inflicted. Both surgeries can be performed during the same procedure if necessary.
If a broken nose is evaluated and treated promptly, permanent damage is usually rare. Dr. Ali Sepehr from our facial plastic surgery center would be happy to speak with you in a consultation if you need to treat a nasal injury, or address another cosmetic and/or functional concern with your nose. Please contact OC Facial Plastic Surgery for more information.