It’s no surprise that athletes strive to be at their peak physical condition, but did you know that there is one limiting factor that can’t be addressed in the gym? Breathing; it’s an essential part of life and unfortunately something that many athletes struggle with. Broken noses often come along with the job for many athletes who play contact sports like football, basketball, soccer, hockey, or boxing. Rhinoplasty expert Dr. Babak Azizzadeh explains that one fourth of all nasal fractures are a result of playing a contact sport. These nasal traumas most commonly result in a displacement of the septum and nasal cartilage rather than bone displacement; thereby individuals may not seek treatment even though they may develop long term breathing issues.
Why are Nasal Traumas Problematic for Athletes?
Due to the nature of their job, athletes are at a greater risk to experience a nasal fracture during their career. This can be problematic as often times these injuries go unaddressed and are allowed to heal on their own. Often times when this happens, the nose doesn’t heal properly creating lasting breathing issues that can affect their athletic performance and hinder their career. In these cases, a surgical procedure called a rhinoplasty can help correct any breathing issues and lingering disfigurement brought on by the displacement of the bones and cartilage. This type of surgery is more appropriate than a basic nasal bone fracture repair that does not address a deviated septum or internal valve obstruction.
What Does a Rhino/Septoplasty Entail?
During a rhino/septoplasty procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh works to correct the physical and functional symptoms of a nasal fracture. This can be a life changing procedure for athletes who are recovering from an injury and want to get back in peak physical shape. During the rhinoplasty portion of the surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh pays careful attention to the appearance of the nose, and fixes any breathing problems during the septoplasty portion. Undergoing these procedures simultaneously allows patients to address both external and internal nasal concerns without increasing their recovery time. This allows athletes to get back on their field sooner and feeling better than ever!
About Dr. Babak Azizzedeh MD, FACS
Dr. Azizzadeh is Harvard trained and has gone on to become a leader in the field of facial plastic and nasal surgery, specializing in primary, revision, and ethnic rhinoplasty. Not only is he surgeon to the stars, but he is also the doctor who other plastic surgeons refer their friends and families to. He is the author of five best-selling textbooks including the widely recognized Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty and most recently Rhinoplasty: A Multispecialty Approach. Dr. Azizzadeh has been named a Top Doctor by US News and World Report for rhinoplasty and has been featured in various media outlets including Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the LA Times, and NY Times. Dr. Azizzadeh is double board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology which gives him a unique insight into both the aesthetics and function of the nose.
Dr. Azizzadeh has successfully performed countless rhino/septoplasty procedures for many high performance athletes looking to correct damage caused by their sport. He is a strong believer that athletes can be the best candidates for this type of surgery, and has seen firsthand the positive impact that it can make on their lives and careers.