How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Play Basketball Again?

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Basketball After Rhinoplasty

For sure 6 weeks before your nose has recovered around 80% of its strength.  However, take a hard elbow while fighting for a rebound and you can expect the nasal bones to refracture for as long as 3 to 4 months.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Basketball After Rhinoplasty

You should be able to play contact sports again after about 8 weeks. However, BE CAREFUL. You won't fully be healed for about 6 months to a year.

Carlo P. Honrado, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Basketball post rhinoplasty

Nasal bones heal by fibrous union and doe not form callus formation. Fibrous union is takes longer to heal that arm bones fractures. For 6 months I would wear a guard to protect your nose. I now see for fracture noses related to basketball than hockey

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and basketball

Usually after rhinoplasty I tell patients to limit aerobic exercise for at least 3-4 weeks and then contact sports or heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Play Basketball Again?

             With basketball, you will have to worry about elbows to the nose or other contact. The bones will be solid after a few weeks, but any additional grafting or something of that nature may be easier to shift with contact. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Play Basketball Again?

Month, if you use special mask. Ask about it to your surgeon.


Spanish translation provided by surgeon:

Un mes si usted usa una mascara especial. Pregunte por la mascara a su cirujano/a.

Maria Cristina Picon, MD
Argentina Plastic Surgeon

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