Nose Hump (Dorsal Hump Removal)
Excess bone and cartilage in the nose can result in the appearance of a dorsal hump. Dorsal hump removal surgery trims and reshapes this excess bone and cartilage for a smoother appearance. Dorsal humps result from genetics or a traumatic injury. If you are considering dorsal hump removal, make sure the plastic surgeon is aware of trauma history to the nose. This can affect the type of procedure chosen to correct your nose issues.
Dorsal Hump Removal Techniques
There are several types of dorsal hump removal techniques a plastic surgeon can employ for a more balanced appearance. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can help temporarily camouflage a minor dorsal hump with the use of dermal fillers. A more permanent approach is through open or closed dorsal hump removal surgery. The closed method surgically removes the dorsal hump without external scars. This outpatient procedure takes a couple of hours to complete with an approximate week of recovery time.
Larger dorsal humps that require extensive tissue removal may require open rhinoplasty. During this procedure, the incision is made on the outer layer of tissues between the nostrils. A spreader graft consisting of cartilage may be used to widen the airway for easier breathing. With either surgical technique, you may experience swelling for a few weeks during recovery. You may be able to resume full normal activities approximately a month after surgery.
Ideal Candidates for Dorsal Hump Removal
Ideal candidates for dorsal hump removal have elastic skin that can adapt around a newly diminished nose. These individuals should be non-smokers without any serious health conditions. Patients should also have realistic expectations regarding what rhinoplasty is able to accomplish with their aesthetic goals.
Dorsal Hump Removal Consultation
In order to determine if you are an ideal candidate for dorsal hump removal, you will need to have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. During a consultation with Dr. John M. Anastasatos, you can ask questions about your options and get personalized recommendations. Dr. Anastasatos can perform a comprehensive exam and determine if you are an ideal candidate. Contact Los Angeles Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for dorsal hump removal today.