May 14 2020

Can Rhinoplasty Fix a Nasal Hump?

Rhinoplasty for a Nasal Hump - Bethesda, MD

Side-by-side photos show before and after rhinoplasty images.

Are there certain features of your nose that you wish you could change? Rhinoplasty allows Dr. Robert Oldham to artfully remove unwanted features from your nose like a bulbous tip or a bump in your nose. A straight slope from the bridge of the nose to the tip is considered aesthetically pleasing. 

Individuals who have a nasal hump often seek rhinoplasty as a safe and effective means of treating the nasal malformation. If you live in Bethesda, MD, Maryland, MD, or Washington, DC, Dr. Oldham can customize a rhinoplasty treatment that adds beauty and proportion to your nose.     

What Causes a Nasal Hump?

A nasal hump, sometimes called a “dorsal hump,” results from bone and cartilage irregularities in the part of your nose called the dorsum. The bony structures cause part of the nose to raise or bulge. If you are seeking rhinoplasty to address a nasal hump, you are not alone. It is one of the most common reasons people seek rhinoplasty. 

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty for a Nasal Hump?

There generally is nothing unhealthy or dangerous about having a nasal hump. It typically does not impact breathing. 

However, many people are self-conscious about how a bump in their nose affects their appearance. Consequently, rhinoplasty for a nasal hump is primarily a cosmetic procedure, rather than a restorative one. Given the potential self-esteem and self-image problems that can result from a nasal hump, it’s no surprise that many of our Bethesda, MD, patients seek rhinoplasty to remove it. 

Most patients who are in good overall health can qualify for the procedure, but your candidacy will be fully established during your consultation. At this time, Dr. Oldham will examine your nasal structures. He will take time to listen to your goals and discuss the surgical technique he will use. Dr. Oldham believes in taking time to explain many aspects of your surgery so you are well informed about your elective procedure. 

Understanding What to Expect

Since 1977, Dr. Oldham has delivered outstanding cosmetic results through nasal reconstruction and other surgical treatments. Rhinoplasty is performed through an open or closed procedure. Closed rhinoplasty uses incisions made inside the nostrils to reshape bone, cartilage, and soft tissues, where an open procedure uses more visible incisions on the outside of the nose. 

To remove a nasal hump, open rhinoplasty is often recommended. Once you are under the effects of anesthesia, Dr. Oldham will make a small incision in the columella, the tissue which separates your nostrils. Through that opening, Dr. Oldham can reshape the bridge of your nose. Following your procedure, you will have a splint placed over your nose that needs to remain in place for four to seven days after surgery in our Bethesda plastic surgery center. Most signs of swelling and bruising should largely vanish by day 10 after your surgery.

Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Today

Many people wish for a straighter or narrower nose. Dr. Oldham is a trusted plastic surgeon with over 40 years of professional experience delivering outstanding cosmetic results. To schedule your next visit, please contact our office online or call (301) 530-6100.

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