Alternatives to Realigning a Nose
A broken nose, also known as a nasal fracture, is generally the result of facial injuries caused by contact sports, falls, or occasionally due to assault. It can affect both bones and cartilage, with the teeth and mouth also part of the trauma.
The good news is that a fracture nasal can be fixed. If you’ve been hit in the nose to where there is swelling, tenderness, black eyes, and difficulty breathing through the nose, you should see your doctor.
Your physician will evaluate the injury and decide if you have a septal hematoma, which you need to get treated as soon as possible. Many time your nose will also look crooked if it is broken, requiring something to be done within a week or two at the most.
If you delay too long, you may have to hold off several months before surgery can be done to straighten your nose, leaving you with an undesirable appearance and making it difficult to breathe. Here is the how your doctor will determine if you have a broken nose:
Your doctor will ask you several questions and will examine your nose and face. You will be asked to explain how the fracture occurred, the state of your general health, and how your nose looked before the injury. The doctor will examine not only your nose, but also the surrounding areas including your eyes, jaw, and teeth, and will look for bruising, lacerations, and swelling.
Sometimes your physician will recommend an x-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. These can help to identify other facial fractures but are not always helpful in determining if you have a broken nose. The best way to determine that your nose is broken is if it looks very different or is harder to breathe through.
Read the full post here: Nasal Fractures
What Is A Septoplasty
Once it is determined that your nose is fractured, the next step is referred to as a septoplasty, which is performed to correct the shape of the nose. The septum is the partition that separates your nostrils and is composed of bone, cartilage, and membranes.
To repair the damage, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The process is explained in this animated video:
The recovery time following straightening a broken nose can take up to a month to be 100% back to normal, but the first 48 hours are usually the worst. For at least the first week or two, activity needs to be limited and you need to avoid blowing your nose.
Another reason some people opt for septoplasty/rhinoplasty is due to the natural shape of the nose. If you are born with an especially large nose or nasal hump, besides feeling self-conscious, it can make it hard to breathe and cause sinus headaches.
Cost of Fixing Your Nose
Depending on your circumstance, the cost can be covered by insurance. In the case of an accident or trauma, most insurance will help pay for the procedure.
This article provides typical costs that you can expect without insurance followed by costs with insurance:
Without health insurance, diagnosis and treatment for a broken nose typically includes the cost of the X-ray, a facility fee and a doctor fee for a typical total of $500 or less if realignment of bones is not required; between $2,000 and $5,000 if non-surgical realignment is required; and up to $8,000 or more if surgery is required. A nasal X-ray costs an average of $180, according to NewChoiceHealth.com, but some facilities charge $1,000 or more. Treatment of a broken nose without realignment typically would consist of a doctor visit, an X-ray, pain reliever, ice and rest at home. And treatment with realignment can range from about $1,600 to $4,500, not including the doctor fee, according to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. If surgery is required, the cost could reach $7,000 or more, according to a plastic surgeon at RealSelf.com. The average cost for treatment of a nasal fracture is $7,651, according to the health care cost calculator from Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, TN. A typical doctor fee for non-surgical treatment of a fracture would include $90 to $200 for an office visit and could also include $250 to $950 for a procedure, such as realignment, or $2,000 or more for surgery, according to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates
Treatment for a broken nose is typically covered by health insurance. A patient with insurance pay an X-ray copay, an office visit copay and coinsurance of 10% to 50% for the procedure. The cost could reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum if surgery is required.
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If you need more information on rhinoplasty or septoplasty, you can search for doctors in your area that specialize in that field. Many times you will start with an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor who will then refer you to a cosmetic surgeon in Riverside or whatever city is close to your home.