I was recently punched in the face and although I was not hit in the nose, the mid side of my nose on the cartilage seems a little dented. Will this heal or should I consider getting the dent fixed?
Does Nose Cartilage Heal Itself?
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Allow some time (about 6 months) to see how it heals. A minor dent might benefit from a non surgical rhinoplasty.
Nose surgery correction
Dent in nose after trauma
If you notice the dent and can see a nose specialist within the week of trauma, the facial plastic surgeon or ENT doctor may be able to move it back to its normal position if it is due to bone movement. If not, wait for all the swelling to come down and you may benefit from a small procedure to help reshape the nose.
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Hit in face and now node has a dent?
Your nose had to have some impact or the cartilage would not have been affected. The cartilage will heal and the swelling will go down for several months after the injury. The dent may become less or more noticeable at that time but why not wait 6 months to see how it all turns out before having anything done?
Traumatic Dent in Nasal Cartialge
After a traumatic injury to the cartilage of the nose, it is doubtful that the cartialge will regenerate itself. You can either fill in the dent with a filler such as Radiesse or a hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane). This is easily done in an office setting with a little local anesthesia with minimal recovery.
However, if this does not work or you do not want to deal with the periodic injections, then a small surgical procedure with a cartilage graft can be done. Usually, a piece of cartilage from the septum or the ear can be used to fill in the dent and this is longer lasting if not permanent.
Get Evaluated for a Non-surgical Rhinoplasty.
A slight dent in your nose after a trauma can usually be improved with an injectable filler and topical anesthetic. There is no downtime, and the procedure is painless.
I attached a link to my photos of non-surgical rhinoplasty. Filling in small dents in the nose without surgery are commonly performed procedures.
I don't think you'll see improvement without any intervention.
Let me know if I could be of further assistance to you.
nasal trauma creating a dent in the cartilage of the nose
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