assuming the fracture is straight and minor, and doesn't need to be reset, how long does it take a broken nose to heal?
How Long Does a Broken Nose Take to Heal?
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It Takes 6 Weeks For Bones to Heal
If you have a broken arm, the orthopedic surgeon will cast your arm for 6 weeks. After a nasal fracture repair, it takes the same 6 weeks for your nasal bones to heal. We can't keep a cast on your nose for 6 weeks because the skin would suffer damage, but it still takes that time for bone healing. Especially in the first few weeks, the patient should be careful to avoid re-injury.
Some patients require more complex repair to address a twist of the nose, or a new nasal bump, or some other change in appearance after a nasal fracture. Examples can be seen in the web link.
Good Question. So as you mentioned it all depends. If you have a minor or non-displaced fracture, meaning you nose while swollen is straight then you dont need to SET it or reduce it. If however the nose looks grossly crooked then setting will be needed. The next issue is when. You generally want to wait a few days to let the swelling resolve as some crookedness is an illusion and will go away with the swelling but you dont want to wait more than like 10days. The nose heals very quickly. Finally you really dont want to do a NOSE JOB on a broken nose for 9-12months following the injury.
Hope that helps
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The diagnosis of a nasal fracture is not an x ray diagnosis. Because there are several small bones, the places where the bones meet can look like a break. A nasal fracture diagnosis is made by actually feeling the bones and any motion. If there is no motion, normal activities may be appropriate immediately. If there is motion, I would wait 6 weeks
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