Nose Fractures in Louisiana

The human nose consists of two main components: the bone and the cartilage. The upper third of the nose is bone, while the lower two-thirds are cartilage. Breaks in the bony portion are referred to as nasal fractures.

Types of nasal fractures

Nasal fractures are categorized by their severity:

  • Simple fractures involve a crack or break in the bone without shifting it out of place.
  • Complex fractures involve broken bones and a shift, which may also affect the cartilage structure.
  • Comminuted fractures where the bone is broken into three or more pieces.

What are the signs of a nasal fracture?

The most immediate signs of a nasal fracture include:

  • Pain and tenderness, especially when touching the nose
  • Swelling of the nose and surrounding areas
  • Bruising around the nose and under the eyes
  • Nosebleed
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose due to blockage
  • A noticeable deformity, such as a crooked nose


If you suspect a nasal fracture, seeing a doctor as soon as possible is crucial. At Louisiana ENT, our specialist will examine the nose visually, check for signs of breathing difficulties, and palpate (gently press) the nose to assess the injury. Imaging tests may not be necessary but may be ordered to determine the fracture’s extent and to develop a treatment plan.

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Treatments for nasal fractures

Treatment for a broken nose will depend on the severity and type of fracture. For simple fractures with no displacement, treatment may involve:

  • Pain management with over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Ice to reduce swelling
  • Nasal decongestants to maintain airflow
  • Surgical correction

If the fracture has caused a noticeable deformity or obstruction of the nasal passages, the treatment may involve one of the following:

  • Closed reduction: This is a procedure where a doctor manually realigns the broken bones and cartilage from the outside. It is typically performed within 14 days after the injury before the bones start to heal.
  • Rhinoplasty: For complex cases, a surgical procedure known as rhinoplasty may be necessary. This surgery not only repairs the fracture but can also address cosmetic concerns.
  • Septorhinoplasty: If the nasal septum (the cartilage dividing the nostrils) is also damaged, this combined procedure may be done to ensure proper alignment and function.

What is the recovery time after a nasal fracture?

The recovery period for a nasal fracture depends on the injury’s severity and the treatment administered. Patients are advised to:

  • Avoid any activity posing a risk of contact with the nose structure
  • Elevate the head when lying down to reduce swelling
  • Use ice packs during the first 48 hours to manage swelling and discomfort
  • Follow our specialist’s instructions regarding care and any follow-up appointments

Complications of nasal fractures

Complications from nasal fractures can include a persistent change in the shape of the nose, persistent difficulty breathing due to obstruction, and even a condition known as septal hematoma, which requires immediate medical attention.

Nasal fractures, while common, can lead to significant discomfort and facial aesthetics. Understanding the nature of the injury, seeking prompt medical attention, and following through with the recommended treatment and recovery plan are all vital in ensuring the nose structure is repaired correctly. With proper care, most people with nasal fractures can expect to regain both the form and function of the nose.

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Why choose Louisiana ENT for nasal fractures?

Your nose is a central feature of your face, and if injured and left untreated, it can leave you with an uneven nose shape. If you believe you have a broken nose, reach out to us. 

  • Personalized, compassionate care: Our practice stands out for its personalized approach to ENT care, especially when addressing delicate issues like nasal fractures. We understand each patient’s unique circumstances and tailor our treatments to provide not just medical relief but also peace of mind. With a premium on compassionate care, our specialists ensure that from diagnosis to recovery, your health journey is attentive and individualized.
  • Same-day appointments: Recognizing the need for prompt treatment, we offer same-day appointments to address your nasal fractures swiftly. Our commitment to efficiency is matched by our dedication to thorough, high-quality care. With on-time scheduling, we respect your time and aim to make your visits as convenient as possible so you can focus on healing.
  • Experienced specialists: Choose our network of experienced ENT doctors united by a shared goal of medical excellence. As leading providers, we bring world-class expertise to the table, ensuring that you benefit from the latest, most effective treatment methods for your nasal fracture. Our team’s collaborative approach means you receive comprehensive care informed by a wealth of experience and a commitment to your well-being.
  • Community-based care: While our network is expansive, our care is intimate. We take pride in being a trusted part of our patients’ lives, offering a level of care that feels familial. It is not just about treating an injury; it is about nurturing a relationship with you at the center, providing reliable and empathetic support through every step of your recovery.

In choosing us, you are not just getting a medical provider—you are gaining a partner dedicated to delivering exceptional care and supporting your journey back to health with every resource at our disposal.

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