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How Does Dr. Rizk Treat Nasal Fractures?

Nasal fractures are the most common type of facial fracture. If you have suffered a nasal fracture, there are many procedures Dr. Rizk may use to treat it. The procedure he employs will depend on what portion of the nose is fractured and the specifics of your case.

Dr. Rizk frequently consults with patients in New York who have suffered from a broken nose. Due to the delicate structure of the nose and the way in which it protrudes from the face, nasal fractures are one of the most commonly occurring facial injuries. Left untreated, a broken nose can severely impact a person’s ability to breathe and significantly alter his or her appearance. If you think you have broken your nose, it is important to seek medical attention to get a proper diagnosis.

Overview of Nasal Fracture Surgery

A broken nose can be repaired soon after the fracture or many years later. If your nasal fracture requires surgical treatment, you may wish to consult with Dr. Rizk in NYC. He is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon and an expert in repairing broken noses, allowing him to help restore your previous look.

Men are more likely to suffer from nasal fractures than women, as they tend to be more involved in high impact sports and activities. Male patients have a unique set of goals when undergoing a nose job to correct a nasal fracture. In most cases, they do not want their nose to be significantly altered from its original appearance. Rather, they simply want the form and function of their nose restored to its previous state. Dr. Rizk is acutely aware of the goals of patients who seek to correct a broken nose.

How Do Broken Noses Occur?

Nasal fractures are caused by impact trauma to the face. They commonly occur as a result of a sports injury, a physical fight, a car accident, or a fall. Individuals who participate in high impact sports, such as rugby or boxing, are more likely to experience a broken nose during those activities.

Furthermore, the elderly are more susceptible to broken noses, as their bones tend to be weaker and they are more likely to fall as a result of impaired balance. The symptoms of a nasal fracture may include one or several of the following: swelling, bleeding, bruising around the nose and eyes, pain and tenderness, and an altered appearance of the nose. Your doctor will diagnose a broken nose through a physical examination or, in more severe and complex cases, an X-Ray or CT scan.

Determining the Need for Surgery

Not all nasal fractures require surgical intervention. In fact, most cases of minor nasal fractures are treated with ice, pain medication, and time. In some cases, your doctor may manually realign your nose immediately after the accident and then allow it to heal naturally.

However, it is important to note the difficulty in determining whether you have suffered from a minor or a complex nasal fracture. For this reason, it is very important to see a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of a broken nose. Without proper treatment, even a minor fracture could result in impaired breathing and physical deformities later in life. With complex fractures, the septum may become deviated and the nose may be visibly crooked and deformed.

Types of Nasal Fracture Surgery

In the first 10 days following a nasal fracture, a closed rhinoplasty procedure can often be used to reset the nose. If it has been longer than 10 days since your accident, you may have to wait for a period of weeks or months for the nose to heal before undergoing surgery. In this case, a more complicated rhinoplasty procedure may be performed, or you may need to undergo another related procedure such as septoplasty or septorhinoplasty.

Parts of the Nose that Can Be Fractured

It is uncommon for the tip of the nose to be fractured. If the tip of your nose appears distorted, your tip cartilages may be displaced, or a fracture of the septum may be causing the tip to appear this way.

If your septum has been fractured, it may be twisted both internally and externally and will need to be reset to straighten it and possibly to help you breathe better. In addition, cartilage grafting may be necessary to strengthen the cartilage. Dr. Rizk typically uses tiny internal incisions to access the tissue and structures that are obstructive, damaged or deviated. He will use 3D imaging technology to view the inside of your nose; this helps him attempt to lessen the trauma and try to reduce your recovery time.

Why Choose Dr. Rizk for Your Broken Nose Surgery in NYC?

Dr. Rizk has the training and experience required to successfully treat nasal fractures. Whether you have recently broken your nose or if the injury occurred many years ago, he will be able to improve your breathing ability and appearance through a nose job to correct the fracture.

If you are interested in working with Dr. Rizk, contact our NYC office to learn more about treating your nasal fracture.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

Date Last Modified: 02/03/2020

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