Is It Possible to Fix One Side of a Broken Nose?

I recently got into a fight at a bar and got my nose broken on only the right side, can this be fixed with surgery but only on that side?... Also another question, what is the maximum times you can undergo rhinoplasty?

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Fixing a Broken Nose

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Following a broken nose, there is a window of time of about one week where you can have a closed nasal reduction performed.   You can fix one side of the nose.  However, if you wait too long, it may be necessary to perform additional surgery depending on the nature of the injury and how it is affecting the overall structure and function of your nose. In regard to revisions, there is no predetermined amount of surgeries that an individual can have performed. It is best to have the surgery performed correctly the first time to reduce the chances of a revision being necessary. Each subsequent procedure becomes more difficult due to scar tissue, three-dimensional healing, and shrink wrappage of the skin.  Thank you and I hope this helps.

Dr. Nassif


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes you can

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Yes, you can have only one side of your nose corrected.  It is best to see a specialisty early on (within 2weeks) while the fracture is fresh to see if the option would be to correct it early or to leave it for later.

Andre Aboolian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Broken nose repair

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Correcting a broken nose can be a simple or complex procedure depending upon the degree of injury. Typically if one bone is pushed in the other is usually pushed out and both need to be set into the middle. This is not always the case and sometimes just one bone can be put back into position. There is no restriction on the absolute number of rhinoplasties to answer your second question.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Can you fix just one side of the nose with Rhinoplasty?

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Most likely, no.  In order to re-align the broken nasal bone(s), they will need to be broken in the middle and along each base which in essence is a complete Rhinoplasty.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Nasal Fracture

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If there truly is a fracture on one side of your nose, then you may be able to have only that side fixed. Consider seeking the advice of a specialist before the fracture heals. In the initial period (preferably within 10 days) following a nasal injury, a nasal fracture may be reduced without surgery. For an older injury that is already healed, the surgical approach may be more complicated. Regarding your second question, there is no official hard and fast rule as to a maximum number of times one can undergo rhinoplasty. However, it is well accepted that each subsequent rhinoplasty entails a greater degree of uncertainty, longer duration of swelling, unpredictable healing, among other issues. Good luck.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 137 reviews


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If you are early in the game a closed reduction on the affected side might be all you need. However ,after the fracture has healed  out of place a full procedure is needed

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty on one side only?

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If it's not broken, don't fix it.  If the nasal bone on one side only is displaced, then it is only that bone that should be reduced, at least in the acute situation.  There is no "maximum" number of times you can have rhinoplasty, and last I checked, the Guinness Book of World Records doesn't have a category for this.

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Fixing only one side of a broken nose

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It is certainly possible that only one nasal bone was fractured. A closed fractuer reduction can be done to reposition the out of place bone. The bones reset over the course of about 6 weeks so the reduction is most easily done in the first 10 days or so after the injury.

There isn't a maximum number of rhinoplasties that a person can have. With each surgery it can become more complicated and difficult, but there isn't a finite number of procedures that a person can have.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty

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Yes, but your surgeon will help determine what is necessary to fix your broken nose and also make sure that you are able to breathe through it afterwards.  Hopefully, your rhinoplasty will not require a revision.  There isn't a finite number of revisions you can have done--it all depends on what is done and what needs to be done.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

One side nose fracture repair

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That is what is usually done if the other side is not displaced. You need to address this promptly as there is only a 10-14 day window after injury to easily manipulate the bones. If this is an old injury and a new osteotomy is performed then it is more likely that you may have to have other parts of the nose blended or released to make the correction.

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

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