man with broken nose

Broken Nose: Before and After Photos

A man appeared in our office with a dramatically broken nose. Dr. John Bennett, one of our ENT doctors in our Salt Lake City office, determined we needed to break the patient’s nose again in order to reset and improve the look.

Dr. Bennett performed a rhinoplasty and the results are dramatic. Where the patient’s nose was once crooked, it now sits straight and natural. The patient was pleased and recovery time was rapid. The before and after photos are separated by two months only.

man with broken nose
BEFORE – Broken nose curves toward right
man after broken nose
AFTER – Nose appears straight
man with twisted nose
BEFORE – curvature of nose visible in nostrils
broken nose after rhinoplasty
AFTER – Nose is straight and aligned

Rhinoplasty Procedures in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah

Broken noses and nasal fractures are common. We’re expert at setting and treating broken noses. Surprisingly, setting a broken nose is less painful than you might expect. It’s best to set the broken nose within two weeks of injury. This helps ensure the nose does not set in an unnatural position. However, if it has been longer than two weeks after the injury, we can break the nose and reset it as we did in this example.  Typically, a broken nose and/or rhinoplasty requires a week of healing.

Read: Repairing a Broken Nose

If you’re suffering from a broken nose, please call 801-328-2522 and set an appointment in our Salt Lake City or Draper, Utah offices. We’ll assess options and develop a treatment plan that repairs your broken nose and improves your appearance.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 10 Tips for Quick Recovery from Nose Surgery

woman after rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty: Before and After

Some of our patients seek rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons. This female patient arrived in our offices and was troubled by her crooked nose, a hump near the top of the nose, a “split tip” where there was a minor cleft at the tip of the nose. Overall, she felt that her nose extended too far from her face.

Dr. John Bennett diagnosed her situation, developed a surgical plan and performed a successful rhinoplasty. The result is that her nose is more correctly aligned and the patient was thrilled by the result.

woman before rhinoplasty
BEFORE – Nose is curved to the right
woman after rhinoplasty to repair crooked nose
AFTER – Nose appears straight and aligned
side image of woman nose before rhinoplasty
BEFORE – Notice small hump near top of the patient’s nose
side view of woman after rhinoplasty to repair crooked nose
AFTER – Hump removed and nose upturned to enhance appearance

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Rhinoplasty

There are many reasons to choose rhinoplasty.

  • Your nose may be injured or broken in an accident
  • You have a deviated septum that makes it difficult to breathe or causes you to snore
  • You simply want to improve your appearance by enhancing your nose

We see patients daily in our Salt Lake City and Draper ENT offices who seek our rhinoplasty services. The reasons are less important than the outcome. Our goal is to help you look and feel better. Contact us at 801-328-2522 to learn more about rhinoplasty in Utah.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 3 Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

Man recovering from nose surgery

10 Tips for Nose Surgery Recovery

A nose job or rhinoplasty can help you breathe easier or make you feel better about how you look and feel. In fact, there are many reasons for nose jobs.

But once you’ve had nose surgery, you want to recover quickly and without complications.

“The nose will be tender to touch for six weeks following surgery. So you need to take it easy, slow down and follow these tips for the first few weeks following nose surgery,” says Dr. John Bennett, a Utah ear, nose and throat doctor who specializes in rhinoplasty. “A little caution following surgery will pay off in a faster rhinoplasty recovery.”

Read: What to Expect During Nose Surgery

“People are surprised how often they bump their nose after surgery, especially from large dogs, small children, and partners,” Dr. Bennett continues. “If your partner is a restless sleeper, they may need to sleep elsewhere for a while to avoid their arm smacking the recently operated nose when the partner rolls over.”

Dr. Bennett recommends nose job patients follow these 10 tips for fast rhinoplasty recovery:

10 Tips for Fast Nose Job Recovery

  1. DON’T exercise vigorously for at least two weeks. Take it easy and avoid strenuous exercise that forces your body to consistently and aggressively move up, down and around. Ease back into exercise during your third week of recovery. Avoid playing basketball and volleyball for six weeks, or any other activity where you might get smacked in the nose by a ball or an elbow.
  2. DON’T go swimming. Your nose will be tender and swimming—especially diving—will move your nose around while it’s still recovering. Plus, chlorine may get inside your nose, which can sting. Stay away from the swimming pool for at least three to four weeks following your nose surgery.
  3. DON’T blow your nose for two weeks. Enough said here.
  4. DON’T eat foods that require heavy chewing. Save that steak dinner for later and eat simple, mild foods you can enjoy with minimal effort.
  5. DON’T laugh too hard or smile too wide. We know this sounds like stern advice. Just remember that your recovery is temporary and the less your nose bounces around or stretches, the better.
  6. DON’T brush your teeth aggressively. This may sound a bit silly, but aggressive brushing can cause you to move your upper-lip more than you might expect, and your upper-lip is connected to your sensitive nose. The less you move everything around your nose, the better you’ll feel and the faster you’ll heal.
  7. DON’T pull clothing over your head. Temporarily avoid t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters while your heal. Favoring button-down shirts while your nose heals will help you avoid unintended pain or nose movement.
  8. DON’T rest glasses on your nose up to four weeks following surgery. The less weight you place on your nose in the short term, the better the results in the long term. If you have contact lenses, now is a good time to use them. If you can live without sunglasses for the short term, we recommend you do so. If you absolutely must wear eyeglasses, it is best to tape the hard nasal splint onto the nose, then set the glasses on the splint. Otherwise, you may risk permanently pushing in the nasal bones. You may also want to hold glasses in your hands and peer through them without placing them on your nose.
  9. DON’T expose unprotected skin to the sun for three months following surgery. Using sunscreen whenever you venture out into the sun is always good advice. Following a nose job, however, limiting damaging sun exposure is critically important since too much sun can cause permanent discoloration on your nose.
  10. DON’T smoke for three weeks. This advice applies three weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, this is a good time to stop!

Dr. Bennett concludes, “Every Salt Lake City rhinoplasty patient receives specific post-operative instructions that include directions that help care for a repaired nose following surgery, as well as explain what to expect during the recovery process.”

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery

Learn About Utah Nose Jobs

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to meet with an ENT doctor who regularly performs rhinoplasty surgery in Utah. We understand noses and work with our patients in Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper and Sandy, Utah to help determine if a nose job makes sense.

Man holding chest due to heartburn and acid reflux disease

Symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease

Do you suffer from heartburn? Do you regularly notice a burning feeling or tightness in your chest following eating?

You may suffer from acid reflux disease, which is also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It’s a common problem in Utah and across the United States. In fact, more than 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn each month.

According to Dr. John Bennett, an ENT doctor in Salt Lake City, Utah, “The most common symptom of acid reflux is actually a vague sensation of fullness in the throat, from the swelling around the voice box that the refluxed acid can cause. Reflux is often perceived as post-nasal drip.”

We’ve listed 6 symptoms of acid reflux disease below. These symptoms can be short-lived or last for several hours or even days. The good news is that you can quickly relieve and eliminate acid reflux symptoms by eating over-the counter antacid tablets like Tums, Rolaids, and generic store brands. Prescription medicines like Pepcid, Tagament and Zantac can also provide relief.

Acid Reflux Symptoms

  • Heartburn. A burning feeling in your chest that typically appears soon after eating. This is called heartburn or acid indigestion. Though heartburn may feel painful, it does not damage or affect your heart.
  • Regurgitation. That burning feeling in your chest is often accompanied by a burning sensation in the throat and/or a sour, acidic taste in your mouth. In some cases, you may vomit a small amount of stomach acid.
  • Difficulty swallowing. You may feel difficulty swallowing as you eat. You may have the sense that food is “sticking” in your throat or even a feeling of choking.
  • Hoarseness. Your voice may become hoarse and, in some cases, you may even lose your voice while you are symptomatic.
  • Dyspepsia. Some people who have acid reflux disease also suffer from a syndrome called dyspepsia, which is another term for indigestion. Dyspepsia symptoms include burping, stomach fullness and bloating.
  • Wheezing and/or asthma-like symptoms. Many people who suffer from asthma also suffer from acid reflux or GERD. The wheezing and coughing happens when stomach acid is aspirated from the esophagus to the lungs.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center to Treat Acid Reflux Disease

The Ear, Nose and Throat Center doctors regularly treat patients across Utah and the Wasatch Front who suffer from acid reflux disease, GERD, heartburn and indigestion. While acid reflux disease is a chronic condition, which means there is no cure, there are a number of dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to help manage your symptoms.

Click to learn how lifestyle changes and avoiding heartburn trigger foods can help you avoid reflux

Contact us today at 801-328-2522. And learn steps you can take to eliminate the symptoms of acid reflux disease from your life.

image of menue with heartburn, bloating, reflux

11 Foods That Trigger Heartburn and Acid Reflux Disease

Acid reflux disease or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a common problem in Utah and the United States. In fact, more than 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn and acid reflux monthly.

If you’re suffering, you’re not alone.

What is Acid Reflux Disease or GERD?

Reflux, or GERD, occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. At the base of the esophagus is a ring of muscle that contracts to prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus. This muscle works well for most people. However, for people who suffer from acid reflux, the ring of muscle or the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly. As a result, acid enters the sensitive tissue within the esophagus and throat and creates a burning sensation. Most sufferers recognize this pain as heartburn.

In some cases, however, reflux can be silent. In other words, no symptoms appear until a problem arises.

“Only one-third of reflux sufferers have heartburn,” says Dr. John Bennett, an ENT doctor in Salt Lake City, Utah, “The other two-thirds have silent reflux, where throat fullness, throat clearing, coughing, and hoarseness are common.”

Learn about the symptoms of acid reflux disease

At the Ear, Nose and Throat Center, we see patients every day from Salt Lake City, Sandy and Draper, Utah who suffer from reflux, GERD or plain old heartburn. We’re here to help. But you can also help yourself avoid reflux and heartburn by becoming aware of foods that trigger or cause heartburn, reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

Learn more about Gastroesphageal Reflux (GERD)

Foods That Trigger Reflux and Heartburn

Acid reflux is a chronic condition. That means there is no cure. Fortunately, reflux is fairly easy to manage through a mix of dietary changes and prescription medicines, if necessary.

“Modifying what you eat can be very helpful,” adds Dr. Bennett. “Watch out for spicy foods, but also acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus. Other culprits are greasy foods, milk-based foods, caffeine, chocolate, mint, as well as alcohol and tobacco.”

The following foods are known to trigger acid reflux:

  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes)
  • Coffee
  • Fatty and fried food (french fries, fried chicken)
  • Fast food
  • Peppermint
  • Pizza
  • Spicy foods (tacos, curry)
  • Tomato sauces and juice

Lifestyle and Diet Changes to Help Avoid Reflux

  • Limit or avoid reflux trigger foods. A dietary diary can help you discover the foods that trigger reflux. Every patient is different and we can help you pinpoint problem foods.
  • Eat earlier in the evening. Eating early allows your stomach more time to digest food before you sleep. We also recommend you eat nothing at least three hours before sleeping.
  • Eat smaller portions. Eating too much can lead to indigestion and reflux. Eat less and feel better.
  • Lose weight. Even losing 5 pounds can improve reflux symptoms.
  • Raise the top of your mattress 4 to 6 inches. A flat mattress can trigger reflux while sleeping, so a small change in sleeping position can make a big difference.
  • Eliminate tobacco use. Smoking is bad for you in many ways. Stopping can help you avoid reflux as well as reduce your risk for many types of cancer. The Ear, Nose and Throat Center can help you stop smoking.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set an appointment. Our ENT doctors in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah will work with you to diagnose and treat your acid reflux and heartburn symptoms and provide guidance on lifestyle and diet changes that can help you reduce the impact of acid reflux disease on your life.

woman breaking a cigarette

Ear, Nose and Throat Center Helps Utah Smokers Quit Smoking

Smoking is a bad idea. In fact, the use of use of tobacco in nearly every form is bad for your health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services feels so strongly about dissuading smokers from using tobacco that graphic and almost shocking new anti-tobacco warnings must be prominently displayed on tobacco products. The goal: encourage people to stop smoking or better yet, never start.

According to the American Lung Association in Utah, more than 11 percent of Utah adults smoke and nearly 1,200 Utah residents die from smoking each year. Sadly, many children are harmed through secondhand smoke. In fact, more than 3,000 non-smokers die from lung cancer each year due to exposure to secondhand smoke.

Noting the dire mortality rates and health risks associated with smoking, Dr. John Bennett, an ear, nose and throat doctor in Salt Lake City, states, “Of all the people who continue to use tobacco, one half will die from it. Quitting tobacco is the best thing you can do for your health.”

Tobacco use can lead to nicotine dependence and serious health problems, including head and neck cancer. Quitting today can significantly reduce the risk of suffering from smoking-related diseases and reduce the risk of cancer returning. Tobacco dependence and nicotine addiction is a chronic condition that often requires repeated interventions. Fortunately, effective treatments and helpful resources exist. Utah smokers can and do quit smoking. In fact, today there are more former smokers than current smokers.

Dr. Bennett adds that many smokers consider tobacco a “good friend” of theirs. “But that ‘good friend’ is trying to kill you. The sooner you say goodbye, the better.”

The Ear, Nose and Throat Center of Salt Lake City is ready to help.

7 Facts about Smoking

  1. Nicotine is a highly addictive psychoactive drug in tobacco products. In fact, research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine – illegal drugs.
  2. Most smokers are dependent on and addicted to nicotine. Nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States.
  3. Quitting smoking is difficult and may require multiple attempts. Users often relapse because of stress, weight gain, and withdrawal symptoms.
  4. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and increased appetite.
  5. The risk of developing lung cancer is 23 times higher among men who smoke cigarettes and nearly 13 times higher among women who smoke cigarettes compared to people who have never smoked.
  6. Cigarette smoking increases the risk for many types of cancer, including cancers of the lip, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, larynx (voice box), lung, uterine, cervix, urinary bladder, and kidney.
  7. Rates of cancers related to cigarette smoking vary widely among members of racial/ethnic groups but are highest among African-American men.

Many Paths and Treatments to Quit Smoking

It’s not easy to stop smoking. But it is possible and there are many effective treatments that can help you stop using tobacco today – and forever. For instance, many first-line nicotine replacement therapy products like nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are helpful in cutting back on the amount of tobacco use.

These products are proven to help many smokers wean themselves down to 5 or fewer cigarettes per day. But Utah smokers often have trouble when they try to quit completely. That’s because smoking is both physically and psychologically addictive. It’s not uncommon for people to associate smoking a cigarette with specific activities like drinking coffee, driving the car or having a drink with friends. They simply can’t imagine participating in such activities without smoking a cigarette.

Using Prescription Medications to Stop Smoking

At this point in the process, we often recommend prescription medications like Zyban and Chantix to help smokers completely overcome their addiction. Like all prescription drugs, side effects are possible. The most common are nausea, headache, difficulty sleeping and abnormal dreams. However, more serious side effects can appear and the Food and Drug Administration recommends that patients look for signs of suicidal thoughts, negative changes in behavior, erratic behavior and drowsiness. While these side effects are rare, they can occur. If they do appear, you should notify your health care provider immediately.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center

The Ear, Nose and Throat Center has helped many of our patients stop smoking. We’re committed to helping you quit smoking, too. Working together, we can succeed. We recommend you read these success stories of Utah residents who quit smoking.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set up an appointment with a Utah ear, nose and throat doctor who can help you stop smoking.

 

girl smelling flowers and sneezing

5 Tips to Avoid Allergies in Utah

Allergy season in Utah is in full bloom. For many Salt Lake City allergy sufferers, the season begins in April and lingers through the fall as grass, molds, trees all work through their natural cycles.

Approximately 20 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. During certain weeks, it can feel like everyone you know in Utah suffers from allergies due to itchy or watery eyes, congestion and non-stop sneezing when symptoms go from bad to worse!

At the Ear, Nose and Throat Center of Salt Lake City, we regularly treat our patients in Salt Lake City, Sandy and Park City for allergies. In some cases, simple over-the-counter medicine is the best option. In other cases, allergy shots and treatment are the best course of action.

Dr. John Bennett of the Ear, Nose and Throat Center recommends that anyone who requires medications for more than a month every or spring and fall, consider allergy testing.

“Allergy tests will show exactly what you are allergic to so you can avoid those allergy triggers in the future, and also whether the allergies are bad enough to justify allergy shots or allergy drops,” adds Dr. Bennett. “The good news is that new allergy drops, known as sublingual immunotherapy, offer the convenience of taking drops at home and eliminate the need to get poked with a shot constantly.”

We don’t want you to suffer any more than you have to. So here are 5 Tips to Avoid Allergies. If these don’t work, please contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center of Salt Lake City to set up an appointment with one of our trained allergy specialists.

1. Stay inside on windy days or when pollen count is high

We realize this seems awfully simple, but sometimes prevention is the best option. For some allergy sufferers, a day spent inside with the windows closed can mean the difference between a frustrating day of sneezing and a comfortable day where you act and feel like a normal person. Pay attention to pollen counts and when they are particularly high. Also, if it’s windy, realize the pollen is filling the air. Stay inside.

2. Keep a clean home and dust regularly

Every home gets dusty. But if you’re an allergy sufferer, a clean home can mean the difference between good and bad health (or at least comfortable and uncomfortable days). One of the most critical places to minimize dust and pollen is your bedroom. Think about it; you spend six or more hours in that one place every day. When it’s dusty, you’ll suffer. When it’s clean, you’ll rest easily.

A few other items to consider eliminating from your bedroom: carpet, down-filled blankets and pillows, and closets filled with clothes you rarely wear. These items are all dust-magnets and, when dirty, proven to provoke allergies.

Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, John Bennett, offers the following recommendations.

“If you suffer from bad allergies, at least make your bedroom an allergy-free zone,” says Dr. Bennett. “That means no pets, and nothing that gathers dust like books and fluffy decorations. The floors should be hard or at least have very thin carpeting. Frequent dusting and vacuuming is a must. The room should be spartan and simply decorated, almost like a hotel room. In other words, eliminate anything that can capture dust that you can’t easily wash.”

3. Wash bedding and clothing often to eliminate dust mites

No one likes the thought of dust mites sharing their home. But if you don’t wash bedding, curtains and clothing regularly in hot water, you may have dust mite squatters in your home. Eliminate them and you’ve improved your likelihood of staying allergy-free. Welcome them into your home and you’ll feel their presence today, tomorrow and, well, you get the picture.

“Bed linens should all be washable and washed regularly,” says Dr. Bennett. “It’s one of the best ways to ensure a clean, allergy-free space.”

4. Use air conditioning instead of opening windows

This can be a tough choice in Utah when hot summer days become delightful and cool summer nights. It’s great to hear the crickets chirping outside your window and opening windows saves on power costs. But your nose and eyes will thank you if you choose to run your air conditioning instead of opening your windows on particularly windy or pollen-filled nights (see tip #1 again). Use your body as a guide; if you feel like your allergies are coming on, close the windows. If you feel like you’re breathing easily and it’s not windy, you might be fine with your windows open.

5. Wear a face mask when you work in the yard

One common allergy trigger from Draper to Salt Lake City is grass. When grass is seeding, it triggers allergies and few triggers are more powerful than mowing your lawn and dumping the clippings in a garbage can. The grass and dust flies and soon your sneezing.

Your grass won’t stop growing (unless you forget to water it; Salt Lake City is located in a desert, after all). But you can fight allergy triggers by wearing a mask when you mow the lawn. Masks are inexpensive and available at grocery stores or Home Depot. Snap it on your face before you work in the yard and you’re well on your way to avoiding allergies. Swap out your mask often, as well. Because a clean mask today will become a dirty mask tomorrow.

Contact an ENT Doctor for Utah Allergy Treatment

Best of luck managing your allergies. And contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center to explore allergy shots and other treatments if these simple tips don’t do the trick.