Post Trauma

The Rhinoplasty Clinic Pte Ltd.

Overview

According to studies, of all the facial structures, the nose is considered as one of the most frequently broken bones on an individual’s face. Following activities can cause damage to a person’s nose:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Rigorous exercises
  • Sports
  • Boxing

According to the recent research findings, contact sports (including baseballs, soccer balls, elbows, etc.) are primarily the leading causes of the nose fractures, amounting to nearly 25% of the total broken noses worldwide.

Trauma is common in high energy injuries in which the septum is fractured beyond “salvage” and rib harvest may be necessary. Unfortunately, whether the septum is “salvageable” or not can be only discovered during the surgery. Therefore, you should always explore with your surgeon beforehand (72 hours post trauma) what are the options available, should the septum be “non salvageable”.

Injured Nose After Rhinoplasty

A nose structure is a sensitive area of the human anatomy. It is composed of intricate and small parts, which are interconnected to create an appropriate shape of the nose. Post trauma, especially in an injured nose after rhinoplasty, a number of catastrophic changes may occur, including damaged cartilage, internal deviations, broken bones, difficulty in breathing, and asymmetries (both inside and outside the nose). In addition, bleeding may also occur, which may cause blood clots around the fractured nose’ nasal septum. This may block off the regular blood flow in the nose, eventually causing the septal hematoma (i.e. severe damage to the cartilage partition of the nose airways). As a

Treatment

Fixing a damaged nose due to an accident or a trauma is the trickiest job, which might take into account the reconstruction of numerous parts of the damaged nose. Such damage may affect a person’s:

  • Nasal bones
  • Cartilage
  • Soft tissues
  • Septum
  • Nose skin

In fact, a fractured septum and/or displaced nasal bones can lead to nasal obstruction, which in turn, can further cause breathing problems. Therefore, selecting an experienced surgeon capable of performing corrective rhinoplasty is critical.

In a reconstructive rhinoplasty, the facial plastic surgeon will straighten the crooked nose, rebuilt a saddle nose, and reopen the blocked airways. This can significantly improve a patient’s regular quality of life by correcting their exercise tolerance, energy level, and sleeping process.

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