nose trauma

Nasal trauma can be caused by a number of things and can affect the bone cartilage in the nose. Often, patients with nasal trauma will find that their nose is broken or fractured, and this usually affects the appearance of the nose, and of the overall face. Occasionally breathing through the nose may also be affected.

Early diagnosis is important
The nose can break on severe impact, be that through a fall, be playing contact sports, or violent trauma. The alignment of the nose will probably be affected, and you may also experience a lot of swelling and bruising.

You can contact Mr Chana's office directly. It is important that septal hematoma, which is a build-up of blood around the septum, can be treated early. It is also possible that the fractured nose can be re-aligned immediately. If the diagnosis is not made early and a lot of bruising and swelling is then difficult to make a diagnosis of a fracture and it is best left alone for the subsiding over 7 to 10 days before attempting to re-alignment.


Post-traumatic rhinoplasty
If you do not have your broken nose, it can cause a breakdown, cause for breathing problems. This situation will then need corrective rhinoplasty.

Corrective rhinoplasty following trauma will be involved in the following clinical procedures, which may be of benefit to the patient as well as the presence of trauma. These maneuvers involve repositioning the bones and the septum if this deviates. It will also involve correcting any irregularities of the bone or cartilage which might contribute to a bump on the bridge of the nose. The procedure can be done with all the incisions inside the nostrils or 'open' with an incision on the nasal column depending on the extent of the damage. In general nose trauma rhinoplasty usually requires an open approach.


What is recovery after post-traumatic rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes place over two to three hours to complete. You will have to stay in the overnight hospital.

There will be a cast on the nose which acts to provide protection and maintains the position of the nasal bones. There is usually one that will be most prominent under the eyes and this lasts approximately two weeks.

You should take two weeks off work and should wait at least six weeks before partaking in any physical exercise. The results of your surgery will continue to grow after your surgery, and you will be able to 'settle'. It can take six to nine months to see your best results.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?
As with any surgery, corrective rhinoplasty does come with some potential risks. These include infection and bleeding. There is usually some degree of loss of sensation on the skin of the nose. There is a small risk of a 'touch up' or revisional procedure in approximately 5% of cases. If this is required then it is best performed 6 months after the initial procedure. There can be some minor degree of asymmetry and follow-up of nasal trauma.

The rhinoplasty consultation?
Booking with Mr. Chana will allow you to understand exactly what is involved with the procedure. Mr Chana will consider your nose carefully and accurately. You should also take a look at your face as it is possible.

It is often difficult to correct corrective nasal surgery. Dr. Chana has an excellent reputation for rhinoplasty surgery and has often been invited to the media to discuss its technical rhinoplasty, in publications like the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. For a consultation, get in touch with Mr. Chana's practice.


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