Boxing and similar heavy-contact sports like mixed martial arts are a great way to exercise and deal with stress. But they also carry some unique health risks since they tend to injure the same area over and over again.
You may be at an increased risk of nasal injuries. The nose is a small, delicate, and prominent part of the body; for these reasons it is easily injured.
Thankfully facial plastic surgeons are here to help with rhinoplasty when and if these injuries need to be treated.
Boxer’s Nose or Saddle Nose
Historically nasal injuries in boxing, and similar sports, have been so common that term boxer’s nose was coined to refer to the deformity that was caused. This deformity is the result of the collapse of the structure in the middle part of the bridge and is what’s also generally referred to as saddling or a saddle nose.
Facial plastic surgery and plastic surgery are solutions for injuries and deformities that happen to the face and body. Rhinoplasty specifically is a versatile procedure for reshaping the nose and is often sought out by former boxers. During the rhinoplasty procedure the nose is restructured by resetting the bones that make up the nasal structure and adding volume with cartilage grafts.
When Is the Best Time to Seek Out a Facial Plastic Surgeon?
Even with the best safety equipment and cautionary measures, it is impossible to forever avoid injury in a contact sport. Occasionally nasal injuries will happen. Because the risk of re-injury is very high in a heavy-contact sport it is recommended that you retire or abstain from the sport after having rhinoplasty work done. An injury is all that’s needed to undo the work of the surgery. Rhinoplasty itself can also increase the risk of injury as rhinoplasty tends to weaken the structure of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is a difficult and costly surgery, and revision rhinoplasty gets exponentially more difficult with each surgery. It is not recommended that a person undergo more than one rhinoplasty. So consider waiting until you have stopped the sport before you look into nasal reconstructive surgery.
When Is the Right Age?
This inclination to avoid any reason for a second rhinoplasty is also why facial plastic surgeons will not perform the procedure on young people. Rhinoplasty is designed for a nose that has matured and stopped growing. Each person’s nose stops maturing at a different age, so the doctor will have to evaluate the patient and make their recommendation on whether surgery is possible. If it is not, but there are functional or aesthetic issues, then temporary measures may have to be enacted until rhinoplasty can be performed.
When rhinoplasty is performed by a qualified surgeon it can produce great improvements in facial aesthetics. Recovery usually lasts about two weeks. And any inflammation during healing dissipates over a few months.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation For Boxer’s Nose Today
Rhinoplasty is a delicate operation. Dr. Naderi takes the time to go over all of your options. With the latest digital computer imaging technology he can show you before and after pictures of yourself during the initial consultation. Dr. Naderi has dedicated his practice to rhinoplasty. He always looks for the best solution, uniquely tailored to improve each patient’s nasal form and functions.
Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, is a Washington, D.C. metro area facial plastic surgeon. His practice, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery, has two offices conveniently located in Chevy Chase, MD (301-222-2020) and Reston, VA (703 481-0002). The office can also be reached by email. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. If you’re considering nasal cosmetic surgery, contact the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery today.