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ENT Surgical Associates Michigan


Nasal Trauma

Bruises around the eyes and/or a slightly crooked nose following injury usually indicate a fractured nose, and immediate medical attention is ideal. But once soft tissue swelling distorts the nose, waiting 48-72 hours for a doctor's appointment may actually help the doctor in evaluating your injury as the swelling recedes.


For markedly displaced nasal bones, surgeons often attempt to return the nasal bones to a straighter position under local or general anesthesia. This is usually done within seven to ten days after injury, so that the bones don't heal in a displaced position.

Nasal trauma often results in compromised breathing through the nose, which requires corrective nasal surgery to fix the nasal obstruction (septoplasty) in addition to correcting any external nasal deformities (rhinoplasty). Depending on the nature of the injury, these procedures may be performed together or individually, and are typically done on an outpatient basis.