Fixing a Broken Nose With Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Anyone can suffer from a broken nose. It can affect the function and appearance of your nose. As a result, you may become self-conscious and experience discomfort and breathing difficulties. If you experience any of these, a rhinoplasty can help restore the function and appearance of your nose.


Causes of a Broken Nose 

Several factors can cause a broken nose. They include:


  • Sports injury – You can get injured if you do not protect your nose when playing contact sports

  • Physical trauma – Your nose can break when it receives a blow from a fight, fall, or accident

  • Previous rhinoplasty – You can get complications from a previous rhinoplasty procedure. If so, you need a revision surgical procedure

  • Genetics – Having defects at birth can lead to a deformity in your nose shape


What Is Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is surgery that improves the nose’s proportions and appearance by reshaping it. The procedure can happen under local or general anesthesia and takes one to three hours to complete.


Steps Involved in a Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty procedure involves several steps that require your surgeon to plan and execute. Your specialist at Pacific Lipo will examine your broken nose. They may order computer imaging or an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage. You will receive local or general anesthesia.

Your surgeon will then make an incision across the skin strip that separates your nostrils, called the columella, or inside your nostrils. They will then sculpt the cartilage and bones into the shape you desire for your nose. They will do so to restore your nose’s proper alignment.

After the sculpting, your surgeon will drape the skin over the newly shaped and aligned framework. They will trim any excess skin. Then, they will use tape or sutures to close the incisions.

Aftercare is the last step of rhinoplasty. Your specialist will place a splint on your nose for support as you heal. You should avoid strenuous activities and reduce swelling by keeping your head elevated.


Benefits of a Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

A cosmetic rhinoplasty helps improve your appearance and enhances your self-confidence. Crucially, the procedure restores breathing function for individuals who experience breathing difficulties and helps relieve discomfort.


Risks of a Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty has risks and complications like any other surgical procedure. Below are some of them:


  • Numbness – You may experience temporary numbness in your nose and surroundings. In severe cases, the numbness can be permanent.

  • Breathing difficulties – Rhinoplasty can result in breathing difficulties in rare cases. If this happens, the patient will require additional treatment.

  • You may require further treatment if you experience excessive bleeding after a cosmetic rhinoplasty or during the procedure.

  • Infection – Surgical procedures like cosmetic rhinoplasties can cause infection. Your doctor can treat it using antibiotics.

  • Anesthetic risks – Patients can experience adverse reactions to the type of anesthesia used during the rhinoplasty procedure.

  • Scarring – The natural creases of your nostrils can hide scarring. However, it often happens along the incision sites.

  • Substandard results – Sometimes, revision surgery may be necessary if the results of the rhinoplasty procedure do not meet your expectations.


How to Prepare for a Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Patients need to consult their surgeons about their medical history before undergoing rhinoplasty. Talk about your medical conditions and the medications you are taking. If you have allergies, it is vital to talk about them. It is also crucial to avoid taking certain medications and quit smoking. Most of these can affect your healing after a cosmetic rhinoplasty.

For more about cosmetic rhinoplasty, visit Pacific Lipo in San Diego, Beverly Hills, or Newport Beach, California. Call (858) 427-8899, (424) 421-2250, or (888) 575-8898 to book an appointment today.

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