The nose can make or break one’s appearance. It defines the angles of the face, and the presence of a hump can be enough to change the appearance of the whole face. If you’ve always hoped for a miraculous reshaping of your nose, there is a solution: rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure used to correct and reshape the contours of the nose according to a patient’s aesthetic goals.
Correction of a Dorsal Hump
A dorsal hump is a bump that forms in the bridge of the nose caused either by excessive bone, cartilage, or a mix of the two. Depending on the size of the hump, the causative bone and/or cartilage is removed, trimmed, filled, or broken to correct the issue. As the region of correction plays an important physiological function, it is important not to disturb the septum (the internal structure that separates the nostrils). In a few cases, a special graft is designed to protect the passage between the nostrils from collapsing.
What Does Rhinoplasty Offer?
Patients who seek to get rid of a dorsal hump can achieve their desired result through rhinoplasty. The procedure creates a smoother bridge as well. If you wish to have a more feminine nose, a supra-tip break in the upward direction can be created.
When rhinoplasty is done specifically to address the issue of dorsal hump, it is known as reduction rhinoplasty. A reduction in size translates to removal of excess tissue to reshape the nose to suit the patient’s needs. Reductive rhinoplasty is considered one of the most complex cosmetic surgical procedures.
Complexity of the procedure can be explained by the need to manipulate the region, which is integral in defining the overall shape. While it is easy to reshape in a two-dimensional space, achieving an aesthetically proportionate nose in three dimensions while leaving the functionality undisturbed is a challenge.
Healing After Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty
Patients who have had reduction rhinoplasty have felt that the recovery period is not painful. Since the nose is not directly involved in physical activities like walking or sitting, there is no persistent strain that could hamper recovery. Time taken to recover is short compared to other surgical procedures performed on different body parts like the abdomen or breasts. Slight bruising around the eye is common during the recovery period.
During this time, it is important to wear the nasal cast until the time the surgeon says otherwise. Also, it is recommended to refrain from wearing glasses or any other similar accessory that would sit directly on the bridge of the nose.
Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty Results
Depending on the extent of reduction, the healed nasal bridge will appear more even. Before the surgery, the doctor offers a digitalized view of the outcome, and after healing, the reshaped nose closely resembles the digital prediction. Thickness of the skin plays a key role in determining the outcome of the surgery.
Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience and numerous satisfied patients. During a consultation, you can find out more about dorsal hump removal, preparation for the procedure, and the proper ways to care for your nose after the surgery. Contact us today for your consultation.