Responding to a nasal injury
Usually, when a nose job is performed, it’s just to make the patient look better. The nose in question works perfectly well, but is a little too big, has kind of a hump in it or has a tip that points the wrong way. But sometimes it’s done to repair an injury to the nose — most often a deviated septum. This can be caused by an injury in childhood, or during the process of childbirth. Or it can be caused by an injury that happened very recently.
It’s bad enough to grow up with a visibly crooked nose, but it’s even worse to have one when you aren’t used to it. When you get a broken nose and it isn’t set properly right away, you’ll probably want the resulting deviated septum fixed as soon as possible. Whether or not this can actually be done will depend on exactly what sort of injury this is. If the bones are displaced rather than broken, for example, a surgeon can do a closed reduction within a week of the injury. This doesn’t always work, and not every surgeon wants to do it. Only an experienced facial plastic surgeon can tell you if this will work in your case.
Most surgeons choose to wait
In most cases, when an injury to the nose has happened recently, a surgeon will choose to wait for the nose to heal completely before performing any surgery on it. The reason is that it’s hard for a surgeon to judge the condition of the nose when it’s still swollen and bruised, just as a patient can’t tell how well a Charlotte rhinoplasty has gone until the swelling has gone down.
It will take at least four to six weeks for the swelling to subside, and may take longer. As in the case of recovery from a nose job, sleeping in a sitting position may reduce the swelling. The longer you let your nose heal before seeking a surgical remedy, the more certain both your surgeon and yourself can be of the results.
Charlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte. He’s been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done nothing but facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already had rhinoplasty done by other surgeons, and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you’re interested in a nose job, make an appointment today or ask for an online consultation to get a discount on the consultation fee.