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Treatment Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Nasal Trauma

If treatment is recommended, it is best if an initial attempt at repair is performed within two weeks of the date of injury. This consists of a closed reduction; a procedure performed in the office or the operating room involving local anesthetic and a tool used to realign the displaced bone and cartilage.

If a closed reduction cannot be performed or failed to provide an adequate or complete restoration of nasal form and function, then a surgical procedure may be indicated. This usually follows the injury by three to six months and involves repair of the cartilage with a septoplasty and reconstruction of the nasal shape with osteotomies. Your surgeon will examine your nose and determine if nasal reconstruction is medically necessary.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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