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How can you tell if you have a broken or just a bent nose?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Nose trauma

If the nose was straight before, then became crooked after injury, then it was broken.
You can't bend the nasal bones ! note-- this needs immediate evaluation by ent. If surgery is needed then it needs to be done within a couple of weeks. Otherwise, the nose will heal crooked and require more complex later surgery to repair.

In brief: Nose trauma

If the nose was straight before, then became crooked after injury, then it was broken.
You can't bend the nasal bones ! note-- this needs immediate evaluation by ent. If surgery is needed then it needs to be done within a couple of weeks. Otherwise, the nose will heal crooked and require more complex later surgery to repair.
Dr. David Mann
Dr. David Mann
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Broken nose

If you have just injured your nose, signs of a broken bone or septum may include: bleeding, trauma to the skin including laceration, bruising, swelling, bruising that extends under the eyes, pain and tenderness.
The bony bridge of the nose may be displaced a little or a lot and somewhat mobile when touched. If you suspect a broken nose, you should seek evaluation with a physician.

In brief: Broken nose

If you have just injured your nose, signs of a broken bone or septum may include: bleeding, trauma to the skin including laceration, bruising, swelling, bruising that extends under the eyes, pain and tenderness.
The bony bridge of the nose may be displaced a little or a lot and somewhat mobile when touched. If you suspect a broken nose, you should seek evaluation with a physician.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Broken nose

If you have just injured your nose, signs of a broken bone or septum may include: bleeding, trauma to the skin including laceration, bruising, swelling, bruising that extends under the eyes, pain and tenderness.
The bony bridge of the nose may be displaced a little or a lot and somewhat mobile when touched. If you suspect a broken nose, you should seek evaluation with a physician.

In brief: Broken nose

If you have just injured your nose, signs of a broken bone or septum may include: bleeding, trauma to the skin including laceration, bruising, swelling, bruising that extends under the eyes, pain and tenderness.
The bony bridge of the nose may be displaced a little or a lot and somewhat mobile when touched. If you suspect a broken nose, you should seek evaluation with a physician.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: New from injury

If the nose has been bent a long time with no mechanism of injury then it is just bent.
If you injured it and the bend came after then it is probably broken. Rhinoplasty can fix both.

In brief: New from injury

If the nose has been bent a long time with no mechanism of injury then it is just bent.
If you injured it and the bend came after then it is probably broken. Rhinoplasty can fix both.
Dr. David Sherris
Dr. David Sherris
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