My nose was broken 8 years ago and I never got it fixed because I had no insurance for several years. Can it be fixed? (Photo)

Can my nose that was broken eight years ago be fixed now? Can it be fixed if its causing breathing issues? Can my nose brake be the reason for all my headaches and teeth issues?

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Rhinoplasty 8 Years after Fracture

The results of rhinoplasty surgery will be just as good today as they would have been right after your trauma. If your breathing problems are secondary to anatomic problems such as a deviated septum this should be corrected during the rhinoplasty procedure. Headaches may be secondary to nasal and sinus congestion. Teeth issues are not related to your nasal problems; consult with your dentist.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty for a broken nose

 A rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish straightening a broken nose. To straighten a broken nose requires osteotomies placed in the nasal bones  and resetting them straight. A dorsal hump can also be shaved down as well.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post Trauma Rhinoplasty

Dear gaylebailey8114, Yes, your nose can be fixed years after the original fracture occurred. An in office examination will determine if you have a deviated septum or what the possible causes of your breathing issues may be. Headaches can be related to sinus issues however the problems with your teeth are more likely related to bite issues and your dentist should be able to refer you to a specialist for examination. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty post-trauma

Hello! Yes, your nose can be fixed years after trauma. Functional issues such as breathing may be covered by insurance, but cosmetic changes to the appearance may not be. Headaches can be associated with issues with the nose and sinuses but further evaluation would be required to determine this, and no promises can ever be made that headaches will go away with rhinoplasty. Dental issues are unlikely related to your nose. Find an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon for a consultation and good luck!

Catherine Winslow, MD
Indianapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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As a university facial plastic surgeon I see every type of broken nose there is. Many are injured more than 8 years earlier. There is absolutely help for you out there! Make sure you see someone who does lots of functional rhinoplasty as it is its own unique operation. In terms of breathing there are often multiple causes and these can be improved with specific procedures. Lastly insurance coverage varies from state to state but there are many aspects of functional rhinoplasty that can be covered by insurance.

Benjamin C. Marcus, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
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