A nasal hump is one of the most common nasal defects. This defect occurs on the bridge of the nose and is typically composed of a mix of bone and cartilage. It can create a misshapen appearance that may make a person feel embarrassed and self-conscious.
Fortunately, a nasal hump can be easily fixed with the help of rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to reshape the structure of the nose by repositioning the bone and cartilage in the nose through incisions. Rhinoplasty can be used to correct a nasal hump by reducing the fullness of the nasal bridge.
Before your rhinoplasty, you’ll meet with an experienced plastic surgeon for a consultation. Your surgeon will examine your nasal hump and create a surgical plan for correction. Make sure to discuss your medical history and any allergies you may have with your surgeon. This will aid in avoiding complications.
It’s best to have realistic expectations for this procedure. In order to have a better idea of the results, look at before-and-after photos during your consultation. A digital 3D model of how your nose will look after the surgery may also be available.
At the start of your rhinoplasty procedure, you will be administered either general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia depending upon multiple factors. This will be discussed during your consultation.
Incisions are then made. These incisions can be created inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or on the outside of the columella (open rhinoplasty). The surgeon can then access the bone and cartilage of the nose through these incisions.
In order to remove the nasal hump, the surgeon may need to perform osteotomy, which involves breaking a section of bone, reshaping it, and then putting it back together. In some cases, the surgeon simply files the nasal bridge in order to reduce the hump.
Once the alterations are complete, the skin is redraped (for open rhinoplasty). The incisions are closed using medical sutures. Your surgeon may place bandages and splints to support your nose and help in faster recovery.
Following your procedure, a healing period will be necessary. Your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics and painkillers, which are to be taken as prescribed. Any bandages or splints will be removed during follow-up visits, as will sutures.
Patients are advised to refrain from activities that have a direct impact on the nose during their recovery period. Bruising and swelling will be present, and these will ameliorate in time.
The results of the surgery will improve with time and will start to look more natural. Results can be observed after complete recovery and can take anywhere between two weeks to a month or so. Once all swelling is gone, you will notice that the angle of the nasal bridge is uninterrupted and that there are no irregularities.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Doctor Bivik Shah will be happy to help you get the nose you deserve. To schedule a helpful consultation, contact our office today and make your appointment.