Boxer Seeking Nose Job: Time to Hang Up the Gloves

Princess 19 on 9 Mar 2011 at 12:00am

Boxing is one of the only sports where hits to the head earn points. Chronic head injuries and facial trauma, such as a broken nose, are inevitable. Now consider the amount of times professional boxers might break their noses during a career. That’s a lot of Rhinoplasty!

A recent U.S. study* says that boxing injuries rose 211% over the course of 19 years (1990-2008). The most common injury was a fracture with 23% of those in the head and neck regions (including nasal fractures).

The force of a professional boxer's fist is equivalent to being hit with a 13-pound bowling ball traveling 20 mph.** That kind of force could not only give a boxer a concussion, it could break MANY noses! Broken noses make up 40% of all facial injuries according to the Mayo Clinic. They are so common in boxing that the term “boxer nose” is often used for the saddle nose deformity, a flattened, collapsed tip usually caused by trauma.

Nose Jobs Before and AfterShould a boxer repeatedly fix his “beak” while he continues to fight? “In a professional boxing career one is likely to break the nose on multiple occasions and there is no sense of performing a rhinoplasty prior to boxing” says Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. William Portuese.  Hang up your gloves once you get the nose job, recommends Beverly Hills surgeon Richard Fleming, MD.

Most athletes choose to have nose jobs to realign and repair a disfigurement from a previous injury or injuries. Physical attributes have now become increasingly important outside the ring with lucrative endorsements - making rhinoplasty a necessity.

It’s not only boxers getting nose jobs!

The NHL actually allows players to continue fistfights so officials can assess which player was the aggressor. This, along with crazy flying pucks, makes broken noses synonymous with hockey. Former NHL player Brad Park once famously said, “We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don't even have to go to the hospital.”

Professional contact sports will always have a decent amount of broken noses making headlines. In recent news, Princess Anne of England requested that her daughter’s fiancé, Mike Tindall, a professional rugby player, get rhinoplasty before their impending royal nuptials. The reason? She wanted to improve the appearance of the wedding pictures.

The NBA’s Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns was considered a virtual hero for continuing to play after suffering a broken nose during last year’s Western Conference Finals against the L.A. Lakers. He actually attempted to shove his nose back in place during the game. Ouch.

"My wife was in a car accident and broke her nose,'' said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. "It almost made her physically sick to see him grab his nose and just try to rearrange it himself.”

To be honest, it made us sick just thinking about it.

* Released by The American Journal of Preventive Medicine
**  According to The American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Photo Credit: By Kristin.Foringer