The nose experiences the most common facial injuries, making up around 40% of all facial bone injuries. There are numerous causes for nasal breaks, including contact sports, car accidents, falls and physical altercations. A broken nose can not only cause sinus and breathing problems but can lead to displeasure with your overall appearance.
Is It Broken?
If you have injured your nose and believe it is broken, it is necessary to visit your doctor to discover the extent of your injury. Signs of a broken nose include swelling of your nose and surrounding areas, bruising around your eyes and nose, bleeding, a misshapen nose or difficulty breathing.
Treatments for Broken Nose
If you have broken your nose, the first step is to stop any bleeding. Sit leaning slightly forward to prevent blood running into your throat, then pinch the soft part of your nose and hold tightly for around five minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, seek medical attention immediately. Take some over-the-counter pain medication to help manage the pain. To reduce swelling, wrap an ice pack in a towel and leave it on your nose for 10 minutes. Do not apply pressure since this will cause pain. Once you have stopped the bleeding, call your doctor or seek treatment at an emergency care clinic. For optimal results, it is best to be seen by a physician within seven days of your injury.
Reconstructing the Nose – What to Expect
Nasal reconstruction can correct the damage caused from a fracture by restoring the shape and angle of the nose. Reconstruction surgery can also help alleviate breathing problems related to the injury. Reconstruction surgery is dependent upon the extent of the injury, so your recovery time will vary. Dr. Joshua Rosenberg has the necessary expertise to restore your nose to its optimal function and appearance.
If you have suffered a nasal fracture and would like to understand your available treatment options, contact the office of Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD today to schedule your consultation. Call (212) 241-9410 or visit us here for more information.