i recently got three minor nasal fractures 2 in the nose and one on my cheek. The doctor tells me that the shape is changed but it's very minimal. He said maybe 1 millimeter and does not require re-positioning. However, when i look at my old pictures i see a difference from them and its very noticeable but when i ask someone they say its not at all noticeable. All i need to know is after it heals will it go back to same position or will i have to live with it?
Can a Nose Go Back to Shape After a Minor Nasal Fracture Caused to It?
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Repetitive nasal trauma can fracture the bone and cartilage of the nose. Once the nose has received trauma and has been fractured, it will generally not go back to its pre-injury state. A reduction of the nasal fracture or rhinoplasty with cartilage grafting may be needed to repair and restore the nose close to its original shape
Nasal Fracture Treatment Options
Nasal Appearance after Minor Nasal Trauma
Swelling often occurs following a nasal trauma for approximately 1 or 2 weeks. During this time is can be difficult to determine if the change in nasal shape is from the swelling or due to a nasal fracture. If the nose is still deviated beyond this time period then a rhinoplasty could possibly be an option. For minor deviations a more limited procedure such as rasping or smoothing of the bone can be performed. If the deviation is more significant than additional grafting may be necessary.
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Hello, and sorry to hear about your trauma. You will be experiencing swelling following the trauma, and this may cause your nose to appear different. It is difficult to determine exactly how you heal, and this will take a little bit of time. If necessary, having rhinoplasty performed is an option if you are not happy with the result following your healing. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
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