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Did breaking my nose and failing to treat it before puberty affect the size/shape?

I broke my nose when I was 14, failed to treat it, and it resulted in a deviated septum. For years later, I'm now 18, and I recently had septoplasty done. Now, since the incident that caused the break happened before puberty, I can't help but wonder if it affected the growth, making it bigger than my genetics had called for it to be. Essentially, my nose is currently very large and somewhat offset & crooked, and I just want to know if the incident had anything to do with the size that it is now.

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Rhinoplasty for broken nose repair.

In rare cases, a broken nose can retard the development of the cartilage and bone inside the nose.  This usually results in a very small and shorten nose.  Trauma to the nose does not make the nose larger. The nasal fracture certainly is related to a crooked nose which can be straightened with the rhinoplasty procedure. This would involve osteotomies the nasal bones and reset them to a normal straight position. Occasionally a cartilaginous spreader graft is needed in the mid vault area when the upper lateral cartilage is concave inward as well. For many examples of  crooked nose repair in our practice, please see the link below


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Broken nose affecting its size

Thank you for your question!

To answer your question quickly, a broken nose as a teen should not yield a larger nose then what your genetics dictates but more of a crooked nose as you mentioned.

I believe that you could be a good candidate for a corrective surgery dealing with the shape and the size of your nose.

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

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