Anatomy of a Broken Nose

A broken nose (or nasal fracture) is the most common bony injury of the face. It can happen from a car accident, a physical altercation, a fall, or any other type of traumatic event.

Actress Cameron Diaz has reportedly twice fractured her nose. Left photo is before repair; right photo is after.

When you break your nose, you have three choices:

1) you can have it fixed right at the time it is broken, in the Emergency Room

2) you can wait 1-2 weeks for the swelling to go down, and have it fixed in the Operating Room, or

3) you can wait 6 months or longer for the bones to heal, and then have a bigger surgery (a "revision rhinoplasty") in the Operating Room.

Actor Owen Wilson has reportedly fractured his nose several times, as evidenced by the crooked nasal dorsum and irregular shadow on the top of his nose.

There are advantages and disadvantages to all of these approaches. More and more people are choosing Option 1, because it is the one that gets you back on your feet and looking normal the soonest.

Here are some real people with broken noses (nasal fractures), below.

88 year old woman with a nasal fracture, several facial cuts, and a "septal hematoma" inside her nose. Left photo is before fractures were repaired; right photo is two weeks after. Images copyright Lara Devgan, MD, PLLC.

88 year old woman with a nasal fracture, several facial cuts, and a "septal hematoma" inside her nose. Left photo is before fractures were repaired; right photo is two weeks after. Images copyright Lara Devgan, MD, PLLC.

88 year old woman with a nasal fracture, several facial cuts, and a "septal hematoma" inside her nose. Left photo is before fractures were repaired; right photo is two weeks after. Images copyright Lara Devgan, MD, PLLC.

3 year old boy with an open nasal fracture and partial nasal avulsion. Left photo is before repair; right photo is immediately after repair. Images copyright Lara Devgan, MD, PLLC.

If you think you have broken a facial bone and you would like Dr. Devgan to examine you, she can see you in the Emergency Room of Lenox Hill Hospital, the Emergency Room of Greenwich Hospital, or in the privacy of her office. Please call 212.452.2400 for 24 hour assistance.