Monday, February 13, 2012

Broken nose or nasal bone fracture and rhinoplasty

Trauma to the nose can lead to a broken nose or nasal bone fracture. Typically, if there is a crooked nose or nasal airway obstruction, a closed reduction of the nasal bone fracture is necessary. This is a straightforward surgery without incisions where the nasal bones are moved back into position. This is similar to when a boxer has a fractured nose and the trainer cracks the nose back into position in the ring. We just do it a little more humanely in the operating room under anesthesia.

However, shifting the nasal bones only may not completely correct the deviation to the nose. Sometimes the cartilage follows with the bones but at other times the cartilage moves back to the deviated position. At this point (3-6 months after the close reduction), it may be necessary to perform a more formal rhinoplasty or nose surgery.

Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston, TX specializing in rhinoplasty or nose surgery and revision rhinoplasty.