After a nose fracture, you may wonder how long you should wait to have corrective surgery. The first step on the path to recovery is to have your nose examined by a physician who is familiar with nasal injuries. One of the reasons for this is to ensure that there is no bleeding or blood collection underneath the lining of the nasal septum.
Nasal surgery can be performed shortly after the injury. However, waiting for the initial swelling to subside is a good idea. After that point, if the nasal injury is “fresh,” and the underlying bones are still mobile, the nose can be reset. In general, having the procedure performed soon after the injury (within the first week) may be helpful.
If the nose has healed to an unsatisfactory position after the injury, an open rhinoplasty procedure may be necessary to address the nasal appearance. The decision as to whether to have nose surgery after an injury needs to be based on a variety of factors. If after healing, the injury does not affect breathing, having surgery to correct it is considered cosmetic.
If you are considering rhinoplasty in Washington, DC, I recommend scheduling an appointment with a specialist for a full evaluation to make sure you understand all the factors involved.