Post-Traumatic RhinoplastyDecember 15, 2018
Nose is a delicate part of the human anatomy. The nasal structure is composed of small and intricate parts, which are interconnected to create the shape of the nose.
If the nose sustains a traumatic injury, any number of things can affect this carefully balanced structure.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides various types of rhinoplasty procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities.
Damage due to Nasal Trauma
Following a traumatic nose injury, the patient may suffer from broken nasal bones, damaged cartilage, distorting of the external nose shape, internal deviations, nasal asymmetries inside and out, and even difficulties in breathing.
Bleeding is another cause for concern in case of nose trauma, as blood clots can form around the nasal septum and block it off from regular blood flow.
This could cause the death of this cartilage partition between the airways, which is a medical condition called septal hematoma. The nasal bridge may collapse as a result, leading to a saddle nose or boxer nose deformity.
Causes of Nasal Injuries
Post-traumatic rhinoplasty addresses these injuries to the nose that could potentially lead to damaged airways. The most common causes of these injuries include sports injuries, car accidents, and physical fights.
Candidates for a post-traumatic nose surgery may include those who have injured their nose playing sports, undertaking other outdoor activities or have been in an accident.
Post-traumatic Rhinoplasty Procedure
The procedure may involve correction of the nasal septum, where the surgeon may ‘straighten’ the nose. Post-traumatic rhinoplasty patients may have suffered a broken nose. The surgeon will re-fracture the nose before re-setting it.
In some cases, the patient may have to wait up to a year after an injury before a post-traumatic rhinoplasty can be performed.
The procedure may require reconstruction of different parts of the nose, depending on the nature of the injury. The surgeon will examine the damage to the skin, bones, cartilage, and the septum before determining the appropriate course of action.
Some patients may require straightening of a crooked nose, while some others may need blocked airways to be opened up. A saddle nose (weakening of the nose mid section) may have to be rebuilt. All of these procedures can be undertaken in a single post-traumatic rhinoplasty surgery, if necessary.
The duration of the post-traumatic rhinoplasty procedure will depend on the extent of the injury. In most cases, the surgery will be completed within one to three hours. A choice of general anesthesia, local anesthesia or IV sedation will be agreed upon by the patient and the anesthetist.
The patient may experience some swelling and pain for a few days after the post-traumatic rhinoplasty. In most cases, the patient should be able to return to their normal routine in about a week after the procedure. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
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