Posted on Apr 20, 2020

The Seattle Rhinoplasty Center


A nasal fracture can occur with blunt force trauma to the nose such as in a sporting accident. A fracture can occur from a blow to the side or top of the nose causing both of the nasal bones to be twisted and crooked. When the upper lateral cartilage of the nasal bones is fractured, it creates a twist in the lower portion of the nose between the tip and nasal bones. Damage to the upper lateral cartilages can cause valve collapse and vestibular stenosis, impeding a patient’s ability to breath properly. To restore proper breathing, cartilaginous spreader grafts are placed to bolster the upper lateral cartilages outward.
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