World-Renowned Rhinoplasty Expert, Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Comments on Lebron James’s Broken Nose

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, Director of the Institute for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction in Beverly Hills, shares the best ways to correct nasal functions and aesthetics after sports injuries.

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When someone is hit in the nose with so much force that it bleeds, first and foremost, you want to stop the bleeding.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2014

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the Institute for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction in Beverly Hills today discussed Lebron James’s broken nose and the best ways to correct nasal injuries after facial trauma. James was hit in the face on February 20 while the Miami Heat played the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. No foul was called on the play, but James’s nose was bleeding. He was escorted to the locker room as he held a towel to his face, and he did not return to the game.

"When someone is hit in the nose with so much force that it bleeds, first and foremost, you want to stop the bleeding," Dr. Azzizadeh said. "The most important aspect is to ensure that the person does not have blood accumulated inside the lining of the nose—’septal hematoma.’ This collection needs to be drained immediately otherwise it can lead to future collapse of the nose. The anatomy of the nose is quite intricate."

James stated that he thought the injury was accidental and that he was thankful that the training staff was able to stop the bleeding once he got to the locker room. He was scheduled to be fitted for a mask to help protect the injury.

"If the nose is fractured, it needs to be reset within 10 days," Dr. Azizzadeh said. "After an injury that has caused bleeding, you want to monitor both its appearance and physical sensations. While swelling may subside, and the nose may look normal, you want to also make sure your breathing has not been affected."

Rhinoplasty or other nasal surgery is often considered the most complex of all aesthetic and reconstructive procedures because of nasal functional issues associated with the region. If a person’s nose does not heal properly after a sports injury, it’s crucial that he sees a rhinoplasty expert who knows how to maintain the proper function of the nose while restoring balance and harmony to the face."

"Although a broken nose alters a prominent facial feature, it’s important to keep in mind that the nose helps us breathe, smell, and taste," Dr. Azizzadeh explained. "Some patients will need formal surgery three months after the injury. When a surgeon corrects aesthetic issues, he must also maintain the integrity of the complex organ."

Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained sub-specialist in nasal and facial plastic surgery, recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report for rhinoplasty. He is one of the leading experts in the fields of primary, revision and ethnic rhinoplasty, and is the author of five bestselling books, including the definitive rhinoplasty textbook entitled Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty. Dr. Azizzadeh is double-board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, which gives him a distinctive insight into both the aesthetics and function of the nose.

For more information, contact The Institute for Rhinoplasty & Nasal Reconstruction at (310) 657-2203.