Reducing Excess Nasal Cartilage on the Bridge in Albany, NY
When there is a protrusion of nasal bone and/or cartilage on the bridge of the nose, the tissue can create what is known as a nasal hump. Albany, NY, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Edwin Williams frequently encounters rhinoplasty patients who cite this cosmetic issue as their primary concern for their face and the main reason they are seeking nose surgery.
While such a hump may be an element that contributes to the overall look of a large nose, it can also be an isolated nasal feature. Specifically, a nasal hump sits over the nose's central third—its bridge—where the cartilage is made up of the nasal septum and some of the upper lateral cartilages. The bulge may be due to genetics or, in some cases, trauma. As with any nasal surgery, correcting a nasal hump is not so much about addressing one specific aspect of the nose, but shaping the nose so that it appears in balance and harmony with the rest of the face. The end result should be natural looking and complementary.
The Nasal Hump Surgery Process
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Every procedure at the Williams Center begins with a consultation, which gives the surgeon an opportunity to hear the patient's goals and assess the nose and face, and gives the patient a chance to get answers to questions about the doctor, practice, and surgery itself—including procedure cost.
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Men and women seeking nasal hump surgery or any cosmetic change to their nose are encouraged to seek out a nasal surgery specialist, since the specific experience can help throughout the entire surgical process, from consultation to follow-up. In some cases, a nose-focused surgeon may identify other structural or cosmetic problems contributing to a disproportionate look on the face, as well as structural problems that can obstruct natural breathing.
Computerized imaging can be used to show a patient what the results of nasal hump surgery could look like from head on and in profile—though any patient enjoying the benefits of this technology should remember that the images are not a prediction, but a glimpse of what is generally possible.
The nasal hump surgery typically takes between one and two hours, and in Dr. Williams' hands, it will involve the administration of an anesthetic by a credentialed professional before work begins on the bridge, which is made up of bone in the upper third and cartilage in the lower two-thirds. Your surgeon will remove bone and/or cartilage as necessary to give the bridge a straighter line. Dr. Williams almost exclusively uses the closed approach, which keeps all necessary surgery, including incisions, to the internal structures, so no lines or scars are visible on the outside of the nose.
Dorsal Hump Removal - Surgical Footage
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For recovery after nasal hump surgery, Dr. Williams uses only very light dressing to be removed one day following the surgery. An outer splint will also be put into place, to be removed after a week. From there, he advises patients to avoid activities that might cause a bump to the nose for two more weeks. Swelling will go down over this time, though it can take up to a year for the nose to finally heal. As with all surgeries, there is a risk—though uncommon—of bleeding or infection. Post-surgical care instructions will be given and follow-up visits scheduled as necessary.
Remember that there is no way to guarantee how nasal hump surgery will heal. Up to 10 percent of patients may seek out a "touch-up" procedure to refine their results.
To learn more, watch Dr. Williams' Famous Fireside Chats, in which he provides answers to frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty, including nasal hump surgery. You can also visit this site's FAQs page.