Rhinoplasty after Broken Nose

Many patients go through traumatic experiences that alter the way their faces look. Often, Dr. Vincent Marin treats patients that have suffered a broken nose. Rhinoplasty surgery can correct functional and aesthetics issues resulting from the broken nose.

Steps to Take after a Broken Nose

It’s important to see a doctor to determine if any functional problems are present. The doctor will examine the patient and take X-rays to determine if any bones or the septum were displaced. If these structures were displaced, an initial treatment may be performed to move these structures back into place. However, in most cases, patients will wait at least six months for the nose to heal before proceeding with rhinoplasty. It’s important for patients to remember that complete healing of broken bones must take place before scheduling cosmetic surgery.

Still, patients should schedule a consultation with a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon in the days after the injury. An experienced surgeon can examine the nose and X-rays to develop a surgical plan to correct any functional problems that have developed, and to address any cosmetic issues resulting from the nose injury. Patients may also choose to have pre-existing cosmetic issues addressed at this time.

Steps to Take after the Nose Has Healed

After the nose has had considerable time to heal, the patient may schedule his or her rhinoplasty surgery. Patients may be concerned that rhinoplasty surgery may make the nose look or feel worse, especially in the weeks after surgery. The goal of any rhinoplasty after a broken nose is to restore the nose to its original form and to make sure the patient is comfortable with the results. As such, Dr. Marin will first consult the patient to gain an understanding of any and all cosmetic concerns. Once Dr. Marin has an idea of what the patient is trying to accomplish, he will discuss how rhinoplasty can help. Dr. Marin has many years of training and is capable of restoring the nose back to its original form.

What to Expect

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery that is typically performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Marin will make small incisions to access and reshape the cartilage and bone to clear any breathing obstructions and meet the expectations of the patient. After the procedure, the patient will need to spend a short time recovering and will need to wear a splint to ensure proper recovery.

How to Make an Appointment

Before setting up a surgery date, feel free to contact Marin Aesthetics for a consultation. During the consultation, Dr. Marin will discuss the patient’s goals for surgery and develop a plan to accomplish these goals. He will advise patients on the surgical approach, and provide information on care during recovery and follow-up appointments.

When rhinoplasty is performed to correct functional problems caused by a broken nose, health insurance may cover all or part of the procedure. Talk to your primary care physician, Dr. Marin, and your insurance company to find out if your surgery can be covered by health insurance.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!