Possible Broken Nose. Will it Look Exactly the Same After it's Fixed?

I went to see the surgeon and he said my nose might be broken since there is a slight deviation. Yet, I have to wait for the swelling to go down to be 100 percent sure. He said it can be fixed. I just want to make sure that my nose will look exactly the same after it is fixed. I got hurt on Saturday. He said I have to wait until next week to see if its actually broken and to get it fixed. I just want to make sure my nose will look like it did before I got hurt.

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Possible broken nose. Will it look exactly the same after it is fixed?

Your surgeon should be able to have your nose appear close to your original nose. But it really depends on your individual circumstances and the nature of the trauma. I would recommend communicating these concerns with your surgeon. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Broken Nose

It is common to wait a few days to allow the intial swelling to decrease prior to performing a repair of a facial bone injury.  This allows the soft tissue envelope to normalize which makes restoring the bone position easier.  No one can guarantee that reduction of a fracture will result in a perfect restoration of a nasal contour.

William Franckle, MD, FACS
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Broken Nose

He is correct.  You should wait until the swelling is down to get it fixed.  Usually the nose will look pretty close to how it was before the fracture after it is set.  However, "exactly" is a tough standard.  It may not look exactly like it was, but usually it is very hard to tell the difference.  If you fractured your nasal septum also, you might require more extensive surgery later.  You should discuss the details of the procedure and what to expect with your surgeon.

Stuart H. Bentkover, MD
Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Nasal fracture and treatment

With a nasal fracture, the nose first may need to be straightened and then a revision may be required to smooth out any irregularities 6 months down the road.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Fractured nose can be repaired

After a nasal bone fracture no surgeon can guarantee that the nose will look precisely as it did before surgery.  When the bone is broken this can be reduced, but the fracture itself causes some soft tissue scar and changes that  the surgeon cannot reverse.

Robert Mounsey, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Broken nose repair

 Fracture and displacement of the nose can  result in many different asymmetries of the nose. The  Upper lateral cartilages can also become displaced as a result of the fracture.  After reduction of the nasal fracture  the nose should look very similar to the original nose, however the nasal bones tend to be more narrow  due to osteotomies that are needed to be performed to straighten the  nasal bone fractures.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 146 reviews

Possible Broken Nose. Will it Look Exactly the Same After it's Fixed?

It is impossible to guarantee that your nose will look "exactly" the same after closed reduction as it did before your injury. Usually a crooked or deviated fractured nose can be straightened with a closed reduction and patients are very happy with the results. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Weber Facial Plastic Surgery

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

Broken nose

It is common practice to wait up to 7-10 days after a fresh nasal fracture to allow the swelling to subside and get a better picture of the extent of injury. It also makes it easier to palpate the bones prior to closed reduction. A closed reduction will bring them back  closely to pre injury state in many patients. It is impossible to guarantee that your nose will be "exactly" the same as before and that you won't need further procedures in the future. That is just the nature of the healing process.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Broken Nose

The changes in your nose after you have broken it depends somewhat on the severity of the break and degree of displacement. If the nose is "reset" after the break, it has a good chance to have a similar look, but not an exact look of what you had before.  In severe breaks, where there are many pieces of broken bone, the nose often looks different after repair of the broken bones.  It is also possible that a secondary surgery is needed to reshape your nose if there is a significant deformity once it heals.  Such a surgery would not be undertaken until one year after injury. RB

Ramin Behmand, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Good luck

There is never a guarantee that it will look exactly the same. If it is deviated, a closed reduction should be performed within the first 2 to 3 weeks and it should be closer to what you had before.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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