See Josh Hutcherson With Bandages Off After "Broken Nose" Surgery

Josh Hutcherson visits a doctor's office in Beverly Hills on May 15, 2012. Credit: NATIONAL PHOTO GROUP

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Josh Hutcherson was recently photographed out and about in L.A. with his nose heavily bandaged.

After initially declining to comment on why he went under the knife,  the young actor later said it was for a "broken nose"

But Hutcherson, 19, re-emerged -- slightly bruised but without the bandage -- on Tuesday in Beverly Hills.

In a quick chat with TMZ, the star finally clarified the situation. "Deviated septum," he said. ""I was 90 percent blocked in my right nostril."

Hutcherson (whose nose appeared slightly altered) reassured the cameraman that he was "healing up."

With three additional films slated for release this year -- 7 Days in Havana, The Forger and Red Dawn -- Hutcherson will rejoin Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and other Hunger Games stars when Catching Fire begins shooting later this year.