I broke my nose about a week and a half ago, just a small nasal fracture, and there's this little bump that never used to be there. The bruises are almost gone and it's becoming less painful, but I can't tell if the hump is getting any better. Does it look like this bump is just from my nose being swollen still or could it be permanent? I attached two images (sorry it's not that clear). If it's permanent and I want to fix it to how it was before, what surgery is involved?
Is Bump After Broken Nose from Swelling or Permanent? (photo)
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Is Bump After Broken Nose from Swelling or Permanent?
At 1 1/2 weeks it is difficult to say if your bump will resolve. You definitely still have swelling so there is hope that this will resolve completely. If it does not resolve within three months the only effective solution would be a rhinoplasty to reduce the bump. If your nose is also deviated as a result of the injury that can also be repaired at the same time. I hope this information is helpful.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
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Bumps may go away but also may persist after a broken nose
There is no way to predict if a new bump will go away after a broken nose. That occurs from what is called a callous. Bones react to trauma by forming new, healing bone. If it persists beyond a few months it can be "rasped" down. If you have Emergency Room records and and X-Ray of a fracture then you might even get insurance to cover it.
Bump on nose after injury
Unfortunately, there's no way of knowing at present if your bump is permanent or not. At a week and a half after the injury, there is still going to be some swelling. Some more time is needed for the swelling to resolve, and then you will have a better idea if the bump is still there or not. If the bump is still there are the swelling subsides, it would require a relatively simple surgery to remove the bump, most likely just by rasping it down.
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