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Is Surgery Necessary for a Broken Nose?

Nasal Procedures New York, NY

A broken nose is a painful injury and could take up to three weeks to fully heal, although you should start feeling a bit better after a few days. The treatment for a broken nose can vary from just treating with ice and over-the-counter pain relievers to surgery, depending on the severity of the injury. The physician assessing the damage can usually treat minor fractures, but may refer you to a specialist like a facial reconstruction surgeon.

Symptoms of a Broken Nose

You may already know you have a broken nose based on apparent symptoms. You may have been diagnosed when it happened by an EMT or when taken to an ER or urgent care. However, the symptoms could be mild, or you might assume the trauma wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

In addition to the pain, swelling and perhaps even a crooked shape, the symptoms of a nasal fracture could include:

  • Bleeding
  • Excessive mucus
  • Bruises or black eyes
  • Trouble breathing through your nose
  • Cracking sounds when touching your nose

Even if you think the injury is minor, it’s essential to see a medical professional. With a physical exam and imaging, such as an x-ray or CT scan, they can properly assess the internal damage.

Possible Complications

Many nasal fractures heal fine on their own after being adjusted slightly and then stabilized until fully mended. However, in some cases, a broken nose can heal crooked. This is much more likely if the fracture is left untreated. It may also cause blockages in the nasal passages or affect the sinuses, sometimes causing chronic sinus infections.

Nasal Reconstruction

When repairing a broken nose, it’s crucial first to restore the function you had previously. Rhinoplasty may be an option to restore the proper shape as well. Nose fracture repair may be possible with a non-invasive treatment. However, surgery may be required to repair more extensive damage or damage that has already been healed for some time.

If you have a nasal fracture, whether it happened recently or years ago, and the injury has affected the shape or functionality of your nose, call Dr. Maurice Khosh to book a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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