In cases where a nose is repeatedly or particularly badly fractured, rhinoplasty may be the best way of correcting any resulting issues. The issues can be serious, so it is important to be smart when engaging in contact sports and, in some cases, even sports that do not incorporate deliberate contact. This article provides general information about how to protect your nose when playing rough sports.
The Risk Elements
There are many types of sports that pose a significant risk of sustaining a broken nose. The most obvious are sports where contact between players is deliberate, such as rugby, boxing, MMA, wrestling and so forth. Other sports where there is a significant risk of a broken nose are those where a ball, puck or other object is used and where it may be flying at very high speeds. Even volleyballs with sufficient force behind them can fracture a nose, so it is important to be aware of the risks.
While these types of sports make pose a higher risk of a broken nose, remember that it is perfectly common for runners to trip, bicyclists to fall off their bikes and so forth, so there always is a risk of sustaining some damage while enjoying a bit of physical activity. Of course, the benefits of exercise far outweigh the risks and, even if your nose is fractured, it is likely that a cosmetic surgeon can fix it if the damage is severe and that it will heal fine on its own if the damage is not severe.
Protecting Your Face
Where bicycling, hockey and other sports where there is a significant risk of head injury are concerned, players generally wear helmets. They should always be worn if they are part of the usual uniform for the game. In sports where very hard contact is almost inevitable, helmets will generally be regulation equipment.
Even for boxers and martial artists, there is headgear available designed to protect the nose. This will generally leave adequate opening so that the athlete has their full range of peripheral vision, but it provides some padding and support to the structure of the nose in the very likely event that they take a blow straight to the face. This can go a long way toward preventing some of the most common injuries associated with fighting sports, such as broken teeth, broken jaws, broken noses and so forth.
In sports where people do not normally wear face guards, but where there is a risk of a broken nose, that risk may be something that the athlete has to accept. If your nose gets broken, however, rhinoplasty does provide a way of fixing the worst types of damage.
If Your Nose Is Broken
You need to visit a physician after you have a broken nose. Some potentially dangerous conditions may arise from a broken nose, even if it is not apparent that the damage is severe immediately.
Most of the time, with good emergency care, a broken nose will heal on its own and the worst of it will be the discomfort. If the septum, the portion of the nose that divides one nostril from the other, gets out of alignment, however, breathing trouble may result. Facial plastic surgeons can fix this, which fixes both the appearance and the breathing issues at the same time.
If you have a badly damaged nose from sports, remember to talk to a surgeon who performs rhinoplasty about the issue. Quite often, they can offer a solution that will alleviate cosmetic and breathing issues, sometimes with nothing more than an outpatient procedure.
If you have questions about broken nose or are interested in nose rhinoplasty make an appointment to see a rhinoplasty specialist.