Overview: Broken nose
The nose is a very prominent feature of the face and enables you to breath, without needing to open your mouth, and smell things. It comes in all different shapes and sizes and, if not proportioned with the rest of the face, can make some people feel uncomfortable.
Being such a prominent facial feature, it’s not that unusual to get a broken nose after getting a nock to the face. Depending on the severity of the break, the shape of the nose can change significantly. For some, the damage may be minimal but for others it can be more substantial, and clearly visible.
A broken nose that has healed may appear to have a bump, be hooked or crooked, in other words off centre. In all cases it can seem like your facial features are asymmetrical.
Apart from the aesthetic implications, having a broken nose can result in the loss of function, to a certain degree, effecting your ability to breath properly and smell. The inability to breath comfortably may have wider health implications as it can impact how much oxygen you’re receiving and how comfortable you sleep at night.
For some people having a broken nose can make them feel particularly self-conscious, especially when meeting someone for the first time. You may notice when interacting with new people that you catch them staring, or double taking, which naturally makes you feel like you’re being judged.
For a lot of people, the embarrassment or insecurity doesn’t come from the daily interactions with family and friends, but the many new people they meet and engage with through work and other engagements.
Why are noses so different?
The natural size and shape of your nose is, to a certain extent, determined by your genes. Studies from the University College London have identified specific genes that determine the shape and size of the nose. This mean that everything from the size of nostrils to the width of bridge are all coded in your DNA, so to a certain extent predetermined in the genome.
This would explain how a person’s ethnic background can directly affect what their facial features look like.
Of course, environmental factors can also influence how the nose may change. If you look at athletes who are involved in heavy contact sports it’s not that uncommon to notice some damage to the nose.
What is the solution for a broken nose?
There are a lot of people who choose not to do anything as they’ve come to accept it, in other words they are comfortable with the appearance of their nose.
Others, however, may feel some serious discomfort about how they look because of their nose. Apart from the obvious visual signs, a broken nose can also cause serious respiratory problems. Whether you’re not happy with the look of your nose or its function, rhinoplasty is a popular choice for people looking to improve the aesthetics and function of their nose.
Things to consider before nose surgery?
Having any form of cosmetic surgery is a big decision and needs a lot of careful thought and consideration, especially when it results in significant change in your appearance, and can’t be reversed.
It’s important to consider how necessary the procedure is for you and set expectations regarding what you want and whether it is achievable.
Procedures for a broken nose
Rhinoplasty is a very popular cosmetic procedure used to change the shape and size of the nose, usually for aesthetic purposes.
There are different approaches to rhinoplasty depending on what is required from the procedure like:
- If you want to make your nose smaller the surgeon will remove cartilage and bone to reduce the size of your nose.
- If you want to make your nose larger the surgeon will graft bone from different parts of the body (hip, elbow or skull) and cartilage from your ear to build up the nose.
- If you want to change the shape of your nose the surgeon will break the nose and rearrange the cartilage to the desired shape.
Non-surgical nose job, also referred to as non-surgical rhinoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to change the shape and appearance of the nose without the need for surgery.
A non-surgical nose job can be used to correct many issues that affect the appearance of the nose by reshaping, rebalancing or resizing it.
Some of the areas that can be treated include:
- Folds of the nose.
- A bump on the bridge of the nose.
- Lack of symmetry.
- Crooked nose.
- A flat or a low bridge
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