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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jean-Paul Azzi

Rhinoplasty for Broken Noses

Plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures aren’t only for people who want to reverse the signs of aging or who want to feel better about themselves. Sometimes, things happen unexpectedly – like broken bones.

The Cleveland Clinic reported in 2021 that broken noses were the most common type of facial fractures. This type of fracture can be extremely painful and can make it hard to breathe through the nose. Typically, a broken nose happens when there is significant damage to the bridge of the nose impacting the nasal cavity and the septum. Signs of a broken nose include bleeding and the appearance of bruising. And sometimes, you can tell if a nose is fractured just by looking at it.

Doctor Jean-Paul Azzi of The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery explains the two primary ways to treat a broken nose.

“The first way is immediately after the trauma, usually within one or two weeks. This is when the nose is noticeably broken and appears off centered – almost like it’s shifted. In these cases, the nasal bones can be pushed back into the midline in an attempt to align the nose for healing. This method is usually performed right in the office and it’s very quick; just a few seconds of pushing the nasal bones back into the midline and hope they heal that way. While this is certainly a viable option, the nose may not appear to look the way it used to once it is fully healed.
The second remedy is to ice the nose to alleviate swelling and let everything heal. After nine to twelve months, a cosmetic rhinoplasty (nose job) can be performed which will ensure the nose will look exactly how the patient wants. This is my preferred method; and I specialize in cosmetic rhinoplasty.”

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose to improve appearance, but also to improve breathing. The upper part of the nose is bone, while the lower portion is cartilage. A nose job has the power to change bone, cartilage, skin or all of the above.

Each rhinoplasty situation is unique because everyone’s facial construction is different. It is important to find a doctor, like Dr. Azzi, who understands facial symmetry and who is willing to take the extra time to ensure desired results are achieved.

You can view our rhinoplasty photos gallery here.

If you are considering any type of procedure, Doctor Jean-Paul Azzi of The Palm Beach Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery can discuss the benefits and risks with you in great detail. With offices located in Jupiter and Palm City, Florida, he’s known as one of the top facial plastic surgeons in the country, and he has patients travel to Florida from all over the U.S. for his specialized procedures.

Doctor Azzi is a double-board certified facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face, nose and neck.

Call us for a complimentary virtual or in-person consultation at (561) 429-5403 or click here to contact us online.

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