I broke my nose a month ago, having slight breathing problems and pain. Would surgery help? (Photo)
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Breathing Problems and Pain after Nasal Fracture
Broken Nose, Breathing Problems
It seems that you are a good candidate for a corrective rhinoplasty that will improve not only the way your nose currently looks to complement your facial features in a natural fashion but also to help your breathing issue. However, without a physical examination it is not possible to provide you with specific details. I highly recommend that you schedule a consultation with a well-experienced surgeon.
It is important to mention that the finest cosmetic results in any particular case are based on a variety of factors, including: the unique anatomy of the patient, realistic expectations, a well-informed and detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon concerning the best options for you especially covering a deep understanding of the pros and cons of any given choice you will adopt.
Please keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon online who offers to tell you what to do without a physical examination covering the nature and the status of the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative solution would not be in your best interest. With that in mind, it is the safest and for your best interest to find a plastic surgeon with solid experience and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is ideally a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that you will trust and be comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS
Broken nose and difficulty breathing
A facial plastic surgeon or general plastic surgeon with an ENT background would be best for your concerns.
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If I haven't seen the patient within the first couple of weeks of their injury, then I typically wait at least 6 months (if not longer) after a broken nose before offering any surgery. It's really hard to say what all you need done without examining you in person, including looking inside your nose. Your best bet is to pay a visit to a board-certified ENT/Facial Plastic Surgeon who has an interest in noses, so they can address the functional (breathing) and cosmetic (dorsal hump) issues simultaneously.
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