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Get Rid of Your Dorsal Hump with Rhinoplasty Surgery

Correcting a dorsal hump, or bump on the bridge of the nose, is one of the most common reasons why patients choose rhinoplasty surgery. A dorsal hump can result in self-consciousness about a patient’s profile and make the nose appear too large in relation to the other facial features. Rhinoplasty can reduce the appearance of this bump.


How Does Rhinoplasty Correct a Dorsal Hump?

A dorsal hump is a bump on the bridge of the nose. This bump is caused by either excessive bone, cartilage, or a combination of these two types of tissue. To correct a dorsal hump, Dr. Sadati may either remove or trim this excess tissue, reposition the bone, or fill in areas on either side of the bump to create a straighter shape. In some cases, tissue grafts may be necessary to preserve the septum and prevent this area from collapsing, ensuring that the function and structure of the nose is preserved.

In cases where tissue is removed for an overall smaller nose, the procedure is known as a “reduction rhinoplasty.” This represents one of the most complex types of rhinoplasties, so patients should always choose an experienced plastic surgeon for their reduction rhinoplasty.

Some patients also wish to adjust the projection of the nose to slope slightly upward, resulting in a more delicate, youthful, or feminine look. These changes can all be achieved in combination with removing a dorsal hump for a straighter profile.

Healing After a Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty

Regardless of your reason for seeking rhinoplasty, the recovery period remains overall similar to any other rhinoplasty. Patients who choose a rhinoplasty to reduce a dorsal hump can expect some swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure. Dr. Sadati will likely prescribe a pain medication so you remain comfortable throughout the healing process. Often, patients are ready to return to work, school, or other normal activities about a week after their surgery. It’s important to follow Dr. Sadati’s instructions following your rhinoplasty, including restrictions on exercise or other strenuous activities. Patients who have a dorsal hump removed should be careful to avoid wearing glasses so there is no pressure on the nose during the initial healing period. It’s also important to wear casts or splints according to Dr. Sadati’s instructions if applicable.

After a rhinoplasty, residual swelling persists for some time. Though generally not noticeable, patients may have minor swelling for up to a year after their rhinoplasty. This means that results from your rhinoplasty will continue to subtly shift for several months after the surgery.

Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty Results

After a dorsal hump reduction rhinoplasty, the nose will appear straighter, smaller, and balanced with the rest of your facial features. Initial results from a rhinoplasty are noticeable about a week after the surgery, with final results visible six months to a year after the procedure when all residual swelling has subsided. To see what your rhinoplasty results may look like, you can review before-and-after photos of Dr. Sadati’s previous patients.

Schedule a Consultation

To see if you’re a good candidate for a dorsal hump reduction rhinoplasty, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Sadati in Orange County, CA by calling (949) 438-2662 or requesting an appointment online.



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