As a rhinoplasty practice, every so often we have a patient who got hit in the nose post-surgery. The question is always “Did I break my nose?” or “What do I have to do to prevent myself from breaking my nose again?”
Things happen and sometimes it is inevitable that you will get a little bump on your nose. It is important to know when it is significant and when it is not as micro-shifts may happen if you hit your nose. Typically what we tell patients is, if the bone had to be moved, around a month 90% of the bone strength will be back after a month and after 6 weeks most if not all of the bone strength will be back. It is usually the first four to six weeks when patients need to be more cautious and take care. That being said, your nose is not glass and will not be damaged too easily.
The best thing to do if your nose was hit and there was swelling is to put some ice on it and call your surgeon. We will then schedule you for an evaluation in order to see if there was any significant injury. On the positive point, be aware that it hurts when you receive a bump on your nose and there will be aches. You probably aren’t breaking anything or causing any real movement but please let your surgeon know in order to take appropriate care.