Nose was broken in the late 90s. Can it be reset by a ENT doctor now?
Can a Broken Nose Be Reset Years After Being Broken?
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Nose can be reset years after injury
Yes, a nose reset years after an injury and can be done through rhinoplasty, specifically an open reduction of the nasal fracture. If it has caused breathing issues with the nose, surgery may be covered under the patient’s medical insurance if determined a medical necessity. A qualified ENT facial plastic surgeon that has performed many of these would be your best option.
Timing of rhinoplasty for the broken nose
Typically, we try to reset the bones before they've healed. After that, the surgery essentially becomes a rhinoplasty. The specific maneuvers needed will depend on the individual nose. This may include a combination of breaking/resetting the bones and camouflage techniques (using grafts, etc).
Best of luck to you.
Resetting broken nose after many years
A nose cannot be "reset", but it can be realigned with an osteotomy. Every alteration in the nose affects other elements. For example, an osteotomy alone might cause worsening of the breathing if it is not specifically addressed.
For the best result, the nose as a whole should be evaluate, the breathing maximized, and the appearance made the best possible.
This is not just a reconstructive procedure like removing a mole. It is an aesthetic procedure and a functional one that requires very careful assessment before the surgery and a plan that maximizes all the elements above.
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Correcting a broken nose
A broken nose is a commonly treated problem by a facial plastic surgeon.
Depending on the nature of the nasal concern (functional or cosmetic), the procedure may be covered by your health insurance carrier.
If the septum or nasal bones have healed in improper alignment, these structures can be surgically adjusted to improve both your breathing and the cosmetic appearance of your nose. Photos taken prior to the injury can help aid the surgeon with an idea of your previous appearance. A complete nasal exam and history can be performed in the office with a surgeon who specialized in rhinoplasty to help delineate the treatment options available.
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