Reset broken, displaced bones
If you have a nasal fracture and require corrective treatment, then you may need a closed nasal reduction, or broken nose surgery. As the name implies, this treatment is meant to reset broken, displaced bones in your nose. A closed nasal reduction can fix a crooked nose or a bump that has developed due to a fracture, improving the cosmetic appearance of the nose, and your breathing, which is equally important.
Improve your breathing ability
Having a broken nose doesn’t just change your appearance, there can be nasal obstruction making it difficult to breathe normally. There can also be ongoing discomfort due to irregularly placed nasal bones. By repairing your broken nose with broken nose surgery, you’ll not only be correcting cosmetic issues, but you’ll also be improving your ability to breathe through your nose.
To make sure your nose is broken, you will need to be examined. Dr. Melancon can help identify whether your nose is broken and recommend a treatment plan. In order to be a candidate for a broken nose surgery, you need to be seen within a week after breaking your nose. After this time, you are still a candidate for repair, however you may require an open instead of closed approach.
Once it has been determined that your nose has been broken, sometimes it is advantageous to wait several days for some of the swelling to go down to be able to better evaluate the bones in your nose.
This will allow your swelling to go down and make the surgery more successful. During surgery, your mobile nasal bones will be repositioned into their native position. Sometimes, if the septum is also freshly broken and crooked, it will require repositioning as well. You will be under general anesthesia for this procedure, which generally takes about an hour to complete. You will likely also need to have packing inside your nose and a cast or splint on top of your nose as you heal.
We Will help you with any discomfort
You will need to keep pressure off of your nose for 6 weeks as the bones heal and should sleep with your head elevated to encourage swelling to go down.
The surgery site will feel quite sore and tender after your procedure, which will continue to improve over the first few days. It is common to have some bruising around your eyes. You will have a prescription to help manage any discomfort. It’s important to refrain from vigorous activities and strenuous exercise or lifting as well. Your splint will come off in about a week, but your nose will remain swollen for several weeks. Your full recovery from broken nose surgery can take several months.
If your breathing is impaired, the main goal of your surgery should be to restore full function in your nose.
The goal of surgery will also be to reset the broken bones, although the shape can vary slightly from before your injury. If you do not like how your nose looks after it has healed from this minimally invasive broken nose surgery, you may be a candidate for an open reconstructive rhinoplasty.
If you believe your nose is broken, consider booking a consultation with New Orleans facial plastic surgery, Dr. Melancon. She will conduct an exam and review your medical history then discuss a treatment plan. Contact Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery to make an appointment because we strive to deliver the best broken nose surgery New Orleans has to offer.
Several signs can indicate a broken nose. If your nose is swollen or bent, you have trouble breathing through your nose, frequent nosebleeds after trauma, black eyes, or cracking noise when you touch your nasal bones, you may have a broken nose. There are generally only two reasons to repair a broken nose: cosmetic deformity and/or new breathing problems.
Your cost depends on the extent of damage, the shape of your nose, and how long it’s been since your injury, which can affect the type of repair. In these cases, there is financing available if needed. Make sure to ask about all of your options during your consultation.
Once your nose has been repaired, there may be some postoperative discomfort requiring some pain medications. The nasal packing and splints can also be slightly uncomfortable.
At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.