The nasal bones are the most frequently fractured facial bones because of their central location and protrusion. Often patients experience bleeding, internal and external swelling, bruising, and sometimes deformities with a nasal fracture. Since other delicate facial bones can also be fractured or injured, it is best to have an evaluation by an ENT. Often times a CT scan can be helpful in determining the extent of the injury and if surgical repair is needed. Surgery, if needed, is often outpatient and successful to restore function and appearance.
Other Facial Fractures
Along with nasal bone fractures, other facial bones, such as the orbits (eye sockets), bones that line the sinus cavities, and jaw can sustain an injury. This can be quite serious to disrupt breathing, eating, eyesight, and facial movement. As highly skilled head and neck surgeons, ENTs can also repair most of these fractures with the exception of the lower jaw. Serious facial trauma would be considered an emergency and would need an evaluation in the Emergency Department. If discharged, an immediate appointment within one to two working days is recommended for follow up care to determine if surgical repair is required. Fortunately, most facial trauma repair surgeries are successful and performed outpatient.