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Will a broken nose from the teenage years be more difficult to correct in the early twenties?

Will a broken nose from the teenage years be more difficult to correct in the early twenties? Crooked nose.

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Will a broken nose from the teenage years be more difficult to correct in the early twenties?

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If you experienced a nasal fracture during the teenage years, it will not be any more difficult to correct in your twenties than it would one year after the fracture occurred. In general, there is a two week window after the fracture occurs where you may have what is referred to as a closed nasal reduction. After that, it is best to wait 6 months or so before performing surgery. The difficulty to fix the issue will not increase over time. I would recommend the following:

1) Locate a board certified rhinoplasty specialist in your area.

2) See him or her in person for a consultation.

I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.


Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Correcting a crooked nose after breaking it

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Dear hygge247,

  • Straightening a nose can be done at any age
  • It is very common for someone to have broken their nose earlier to have surgery later in life
  • Seek out a rhinoplasty specialist who can address all of your concerns, especially if you have breathing problems as well

Best,
Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty to repair a broken and crooked nose

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Once the nose is broken,  the nasal bones reset themselves crooked after about 6 weeks. After 6 weeks , it really doesn't matter how long ago the nose has been broken. To straighten the crooked nose, medial and lateral osteotomies are required. Additionally, a spreader graft may be needed underneath the concave upper lateral cartilage when that is depressed  as well. Any hump can also be shaved off at the same time. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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In general, if you break your nose as a teenager, it is not any more difficult to correct several years later. In fact, most doctors are a little reluctant to do an invasive nose surgery on someone too young as there is a fear that surgery can affect the growth of the nose. However, once the nose has finished most of its growth (after puberty), it is safer to proceed with surgery.

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Post-Trauma Rhinoplasty

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It is quite common for someone having trauma to the nose to seek rhinoplasty surgery several years later.  Please consult with a board certified specialist who can assist you with a proper evaluation and recommendation for your face.  3-dimensional computer imaging can also help you visualize what you might look like afterwards and serve as an important communication tool with your surgeon.

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Will a broken nose from the teenage years be more difficult to correct in the early twenties?

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Your nose will not be more difficult to correct because of trauma in the teen years.  Consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is highly experienced in Rhinoplasty surgery to discuss your goals and expectations.  Best wishes!

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Will a broken nose from the teenage years be more difficult to correct in the early twenties?

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    Noses will change over time, but this does not mean that a nose will be harder to repair at a later date.

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