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how long does it take for a broken nose to heal?

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Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Several months +: Although initial healing and resolution of most of the swelling and bruising takes place in the first 2 weeks it can take several months (6 weeks +) for the nasal bones to heal. So it is important to avoid a significant bump to the nose during this time so that the healing nasal bones are not moved apart again...
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
6 weeks: Any fracture takes 6 weeks for the bones to heal, but it may take months for all swelling to resolve.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
3-6 weeks: 3-6 weeks for the broken bones to unite. If the nose is not aligned, you should see an ENT doc to fix it.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
3weeks: It usually takes about 3 weeks to be stable, 6-8 weeks for boney union and up to 2 years for bone remodeling. Avoid contact sports for 3 months. Low impact activitues can commence at 3 weeks.

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