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Nasal Fractures | Los Angeles Plastic Surgery | Glendale | BurbankNose fractures make up almost 40 percent of the injuries to the bone in facial trauma cases. The treatment starts with primary care.

This involves assessing the extent of the injury, accurately understanding what lead to the injury, and determining the state of the nose and face prior to the injury. A successful and trained surgeon who can perform rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery may provide appropriate treatment for nasal fractures.

There are several kinds of nasal fractures. If left untreated, these fractures can lead to obstructions in breathing and a deformed or crooked nose. Fractures can happen at any place in the nasal “bony pyramid.” This is the pyramid-like and bony structure that extends from the face. Diverse fractures need different kinds of osteotomy to rejoin or reset the bones.

Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides rhinoplasty to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities in this region of the southwest.

Greenstick Fractures

This type of fracture happens along the edges of the nasal bones. Greenstick fractures frequently occur in children whose delicate bones are developing and are incredibly flexible. Therefore, these types of fractures are usually partial instead of completely broken bones.

Saddle Deformity

This is a more serious fracture which leads to the septum and bridge of the nose to collapse and become conclave into the face. This produces a saddle-type shape which is apparent when the face is seen in profile. This condition occurs due to reasons such as acute trauma to the face or breakdown of cartilage because of snorting drugs such as cocaine.

To address such cases, the surgeon will incorporate rib bone tissue from a donor or cartilage to recreate the septum and bridge.

Comminuted Fracture

This type of fracture happens when a bone disintegrates into three pieces or more. The surgeon will remove surplus bone pieces which may cause severe complications if left untreated. The bones in the nose will be aligned as well. This condition is standard for serious injuries or in aged patients with weak bones.

Le Fort Fractures

In certain instances, serious injury can lead to damage to the bones that lie behind the nose, also known as maxillae. The maxillae comprise of two bones that make up the palate and upper jaw and provide support to nasal structures. These fractures are called Le Fort fractures and are categorized into three variants.

Le Fort I fracture occurs in a horizontal position leading to damage to the jaw and nostril line. Le Fort II fractures cause damage to the maxillae underneath the sockets of the eyes around the nose bridge. A Le Fort II fracture damages the bones in a pyramid-like shape.

This fracture extends from the nasal bridge to the mouth corners in an inverted V shape. Le Fort III fractures involve the orbital sockets which refer to the bones around the eyes.

Le Fort fractures are a severe condition. They need immediate treatment as they can cause long-term damage to the palate and the brain. A judicious surgeon who can carry out this type of cosmetic surgery can address these fractures through rhinoplasty.


Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and other suburbs and cities across the horizon for rhinoplasty.

For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.

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