Hard Hit to the Nose 3 Weeks Post Op from an Extensive Rhinoplasty/septoplasty? (photo)

I am 24 days post op from an extensive rhino/septoplasty (4 hour surgery). Tip was refined, grafts were done and nasal bones were broken. I am still bruised. I've been trying to be extremely careful protecting my nose,but lo and behold, my four year old accidentally & unpredictably hit my nose very hard from below me. He essentially smashed my nose upwards from the tip w/ his shoulder. 6 hrs later it still hurts. What damage could be done & is there anything my dr should/could do immediately?

Doctor Answers 4

Trauma to Nose at 24 Days after Rhinoplasty

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   The picture from 7 days looks OK, but the trauma afterwards will have to be assessed with exam.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Trauma to Nose 3 Weeks After Open Rhinoplasty

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Hi Jerema,

Looks like there is nothing to worry about.  It's what you don't see coming that gets you!  Do check in with your rhinoplasty surgeon (who did a great job) to be sure.  Good luck, be well, and enjoy your new nose!

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Rhinoplasty and recent trauma

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If the photo you posted is after the trauma, then just looking at this view, it does not look like there is a problem. If you are concerned, an exam in person is best and you should see your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Rhinoplasty recovery

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Dear Jerema,

  • If the bones or cartilage are dislodged, then sometimes they can be reset in the immediate period
  • You should see your plastic surgeon ASAP for an evaluation
  • It usually is inconsequential, but you should see him/her to be sure

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

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