Nose injuries are very common. Due to its prominent position, the nose is the most frequently injured part of the face. Sports, accidents, outdoor activities, or even a fist fight can break your nose and give it severe damage. A post-traumatic rhinoplasty should be considered to solve all the problems.
What is a post-traumatic rhinoplasty?
The nasal structure is a very delicate part of the human anatomy. It is composed of small parts that are interconnected to shape the nose. When the nose sustains an injury, the shock and pressure will affect this sophisticatedly balanced structure, leading to broken bones, damaged cartilage, asymmetries inside and out or even ceaseless bleeding. Blood clots will form around the nasal septum and prevent the blood flow, leading to the cell death in the cartilage between the airways. The bridge of the nose may be collapsed as a result.
The post-traumatic rhinoplasty surgery can address both appearance and functionality of the injured nose. Facial surgeons may use this procedure to straighten the nose and correct the nasal septum. Post-traumatic patients usually suffer a broken nose. A surgeon then may have to re-fracture the nose and re-set it to achieve the desired results. However, if a patient has a serious nose injury, he or she may have to wait at least six months or even a year before undergoing extensive surgery.
How to take care of your broken nose?
We usually don’t take the nose injury seriously. When the nose is injured, we just wait for the bleeding to stop, put some ice pack on it and don’t even think about consulting a doctor. It can make the damage worse and become more complicated to deal with. So when you’re injured in the nose, you must follow these steps to take care of your nose:
– Seek immediate medical care if your nose keeps bleeding ceaselessly.
– See a doctor within a day or two to check all the changes that appear on your broken nose such as swelling, bruising, deformation or breathing troubles.
– Bone and cartilage deviations can usually be reset within 7 to 14 days up to your health status.
– More significant injuries will require proper cosmetic surgery, which can only be performed when the nose has fully healed from the damage. Most surgeons will wait about six months after trauma to perform post-traumatic rhinoplasty.
The procedure of a post-traumatic rhinoplasty
It is important to understand that it takes six months or longer before more extensive corrective surgery can be undertaken safely. This is crucial to allow the nose tissues to settle again, and become softer and less vascular.
A post-traumatic rhinoplasty is a tricky operation, which might involve the reconstruction of various parts of the nose. Damage can affect bones, cartilage, septum and skin all at once. Your plastic surgeon will examine the damage and offer the best correction to your nose. Sometimes a septorhinoplasty is necessary in order to achieve improvements in all areas.
A saddle nose can be rebuilt, a crooked nose can be straightened, the blocked airways can be reopened. All the corrections can be perfomed in one post-traumatic rhinoplasty surgery. Depending on the complatication of the case, the procedure will be done in 1-3 hours.
Side effects and risks
You may experience temporary side effects after the surgery such as swelling, discomfort (like soreness and irritation, particularly in areas where the doctor reshaped the nose or removed tissue for a bone graft), inflammation or nosebleeds.
Prescripted medication can reduce discomfort, and antibiotics can help control the symptoms of sinusitis. Another way to minimize side effects is to get plenty of rest, eat soft foods that still have plenty of nutrients and fiber, apply cold compresses to the nose and mid-face, and keep the face still as much as possible.
The cost of a post-traumatic surgery
Without health insurance, diagnosis and treatment for a broken nose typically include the cost of the X-ray, a facility fee and a doctor fee for a typical total of USD 500 or less if realignment of bones is not required; the cost of the surgery may be up to USD 2000, depending on how damaged your nose is, the techniques and medications prescripted to fix the injury.