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How Dr. Rizk Fixes A Crooked/Broken Nose

Expert facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rizk may use a number of techniques to fix a crooked/broken nose, including procedures such as rhinoplasty, septoplasty or septorhinoplasty. However, no matter what the circumstance, the goals are always to restore symmetry and nasal airway function.

A crooked or broken nose sometimes requires straightening of all three major nasal structures: the bony bridge, the cartilage bridge (middle of the nose) and the tip cartilage. If the bones are pushed to one side, osteotomies or controlled breaks may be performed to realign the bones. If the septum or other cartilage has deviated, suturing techniques will likely be employed. Furthermore, if the septum is fractured, it will most likely need to be reset. Spreader grafts are often used to strengthen the cartilage if the middle portion of the nose is affected.

To restore symmetry when fixing a crooked/broken nose, it is very important to align the midline of the nose with the midline of the teeth. It is also important to note that you may need to wait for weeks or even months to have your crooked/broken nose fixed. In addition, repairing a crooked nose is a very challenging procedure that requires the advanced training and skills of a facial plastic surgeon specializing in nose surgery, such as Dr. Rizk.

What Happens When You Break Your Nose?

Your nose is made up of two bones at the bridge and a long piece of cartilage that gives your nose its shape. A broken nose can impact the nasal bone and/or cartilage. If you broke your nose playing sports, you know that it hurts quite a bit. You will also experience some bleeding and difficulty breathing through your nose. In addition, there is typically some swelling and you may get black eyes.

Additionally, a broken nose may cause a deviated septum. This occurs when the thin wall dividing the two sides of your nose (the septum) is displaced to one side. A deviated septum will most likely affect your ability to breathe through your nose. When you break your nose, you may also develop a nasal septal hematoma or collection of blood that can block one or both nostrils. This is considered a medical emergency and requires prompt treatment.

In general, it is important that you stop the bleeding and see a qualified doctor if you think you may have a broken nose. New York City facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty expert, Dr.Rizk, has a great deal of experience evaluating and treating broken noses including those that occur as a result of different activities.

Contact our office for further information on fixing a crooked/broken nose.

Disclaimer: Results and patient experience may vary.

Broken Nose and Sports Injuries

Like many weekend warriors, student-athletes, or professional athletes in NYC know, a broken nose is a fairly common occurrence. The sports that are most likely to cause a broken nose include football, hockey, baseball, basketball, boxing or wrestling, just to name a few.

What Rhinoplasty can do for Sports Injury Patients

Dr. Rizk is experienced at performing the most complicated primary and revision rhinoplasties including the repair of broken noses from sports injuries in NYC. Rhinoplasty to treat a sports injury can address both form and/or function. Dr. Rizk will identify the problems affecting your nose and plan a surgery to reverse the damage caused by a sports injury while maintaining or improving your breathing ability.

Some individuals may also want to make aesthetic changes to their nose, and a sports injury serves as the catalyst. Be sure to discuss your goals with Dr. Rizk during your consultation in NYC. This will allow him to understand what you are hoping to achieve through rhinoplasty. He will also be able to tell you if your expectations are realistic and can be met with nose reshaping surgery.

Furthermore, rhinoplasty will be based on the severity of the break as well as your aesthetic and functional goals. Some non-complex nasal fractures will heal well on their own. For simple breaks, your nose may just need a cast to reposition the broken bones. Complex breaks, however, often require more involved surgeries.

Choosing to Proceed with Rhinoplasty Surgery

As part of the consultation process, Dr. Rizk will ask how the fracture occurred. He will examine your nose and the surrounding areas including your eyes, jaw, and teeth. An x-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan may help determine if your nose is, in fact, broken. Dr. Rizk will also want to see "before" photos to get an idea of how your nose looked before the break. This is a good time to discuss any additional aesthetic changes that you may be considering.

The timing of the surgery is another factor to consider before proceeding with rhinoplasty. Some individuals may undergo nose surgery soon after the sports injury, while others may be advised to wait for the swelling to abate. Dr. Rizk will provide his expert opinion on the most appropriate time for your surgery after the initial consultation. Some athletes may choose to have the surgery during their off-season so they can recover without needing to go back to their sport prematurely, risking re-injury.

Overview of a Sports Injury Nose Job

Broken nose repair surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Sometimes local anesthesia is an option. Dr. Rizk uses advanced imaging technology to guide the procedure. This 3D technology leads to less bleeding, reduced downtime, and a better outcome. Put another way, it can get you back on the playing field much more quickly.

Still, contact sports should be avoided for a couple of months after your nose surgery. Dr. Rizk performs both advanced open (external) and closed (endonasal) nose shaping surgery with this rapid recovery technique. As part of the nose reshaping surgery, he crafts precise incisions inside the nasal cavity to access the obstructive, deviated, or damaged tissue. This tissue may be removed or repositioned. In some cases, grafts may be needed for additional support. After rhinoplasty, Dr. Rizk uses tissue sealants or glues inside the nose rather than packing to further reduce swelling and bruising.

Expect some pain during your rhinoplasty recovery. Dr. Rizk will prescribe medication to help you stay comfortable while you recuperate. It can take up to two weeks for swelling and bruising to improve. You may need to keep your head elevated and relatively still for the first few days after your nose surgery.

Prevention is key for all athletes who are at risk for broken or re-broken noses. This may include wearing protective gear to guard your face and nose as soon as you get the all-clear from your facial plastic surgeon.

Risks of Sports Injury Rhinoplasty Surgery

All surgeries have risks including rhinoplasty to correct a sports injury in NYC. Choosing an experienced facial plastic surgeon and following his or her pre and postoperative instructions will help minimize any risks and maximize your chances of a successful outcome.

Broken nose surgery risks may include recurring nosebleeds, difficulty breathing through the nose, numbness in and around the nose, persistent pain, discoloration or swelling. It is also possible that post-surgery you are unhappy with how your new nose looks and/or you may have some breathing difficulties that you did not have before your sports injury. Sometimes a revision rhinoplasty will be needed to address certain post-operative concerns.

Cost of a Sports Injury Nose Job

Most medical insurance companies will cover the costs associated with a nose job to treat a sports injury. That said, if you would like to have other cosmetic issues addressed during your rhinoplasty, you may have to pay out of pocket. Make sure you discuss rhinoplasty costs during your consultation. Dr. Rizk's team will gladly guide you through the insurance process.

Why Choose Dr. Rizk for Your Broken Nose Rhinoplasty

Dr. Rizk is a New York double board-certified facial plastic surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures. Dr. Rizk’s advanced surgical techniques can reduce recovery time, allowing patients to return to their routine activity as soon as possible. He is also deeply committed to his patients’ safety and their personal aesthetic and functional goals. If you want to learn more about working with Dr. Rizk, contact his NYC clinic and book a consultation today.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

Last Modified On: 01/14/2020

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