Broken nose

By Molly Cross

About a broken nose injury

A broken nose, also called a nasal fracture or nose fracture, is a break or crack in the bone or cartilage of your nose. These breaks typically occur over the bridge of the nose or in the septum, which is the area that divides your nostrils.

Treatment of a broken nose

  • *pack your nose with gauze and possibly place a splint on it
  • *prescribe pain medication and possibly antibiotics
  • *perform a closed reduction surgery, in which your doctor gives you a local anesthetic to *numb your nose and manually realigns it
  • *perform a rhinoplasty, which is a surgery to realign your nose
  • *perform a septorhinoplasty, which is a surgery to repair your nasal septum
  • Broken noses can often lead to brusinng under eyes and swelling of face

    After a broken nose

    Your broken nose will most likely heal without any problems. If you’re unhappy with the way your nose looks after it heals or if you’re having difficulty breathing normally, talk to your doctor about reconstructive nose surgery. When the pain and swelling subsides after the injury is healed you should have full function of your nose and the bones around it.