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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Nasal Fracture healing time
3-4 Weeks for a Broken Nose to Heal.
A broken nose will usually heal within 3-4 weeks. After a month it is very difficult to shift or move the bones in the nose.
Depending on the injury
Depending on the injury and the amount of damage, the time to heal after a broken nose can vary greatly. Nasal bone fractures usually heal enough within two weeks that closed reduction to repair the fracture is no longer possible. Complete healing of the bone can take 3-4 weeks, and swelling can last 6-12 months. Complications from nasal bone fractures include nasal obstruction and difficulty with breathing. I usually recommend patients to see an ENT/Facial Plastic Surgeon within 1 week of the injury to determine the appropriate treatment.
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.
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Healing time for a broken nose
Although the optimal window for reduction of a nasal bone fracture is about 2 weeks. I can tell you from experience that the nose is tender to moderate touch for about 6 weeks. Trust me, you will want to be careful with it until then!
Nasal fractures take six weeks to heal
After rhinoplasty, where we have manipulated the nasal bones, we consider the nasal bones strong enough to withstand a blow six weeks after surgery. This allows the nasal bones to gain enough strength to withstand all the normal bumps a nose might experience in daily life.
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