Boxing and mixed martial arts are just some of the sports activities that require athletes to utilize extensive amount of force. By exchanging heavy blows, these fighters would commonly cause each other damage to the face, typically in the nose.
According to studies, there are over 10 different kinds of noses. Broken noses caused by a sports injury look flat or have a broken nose bridge. This shape of nose is similar to people who has a saddle nose deformity or boxer’s nose. This type of irregularity, however, is not caused by contact sports or any activity wherein a nose gets hit.
Common Causes of Deformation
Having a saddle nose is caused by a loss of nasal cartilage support that includes the septum, upper lateral cartilages, and lower lateral cartilages. The nose bridge has an externally visible concavity and loss of height, making the nose have a shape similar to a saddle.
Cartilage collapse usually occurs when blood clots caused by nasal trauma that forms below septal hematoma is left untreated. The clot disrupts the normal blood supply to the cartilage, causing it to breakdown because of the lack of support.
One medical problem that can instigate saddle nose deformity is Wegener’s granulomatosis, which is a disease that affects the upper respiratory tract. Another cause is the use of intra-nasal cocaine. Syphilis and leprosy are also considered causes.
Saddle Nose Rhinoplasty Procedure
A Los Angeles surgeon performing rhinoplasty takes a portion of the patient’s ear cartilage from the conchal bowl, which is the cupped part located just behind the opening of the ear canal. This process does not mess up the ear’s appearance. The conchal ear cartilage is long enough to fit the bridge. It is then placed in different areas and squeezed together by junctions. After placement, a couple of carvings are necessary for a customized shape.
People differ in reasons for wanting a better appearance. Going through cosmetic surgeries is not necessarily immoral. Some people need these procedures to improve their facial flaws and gain confidence in facing the public, adding to their sense of well-being.