So my hump is really quite small but I feel like it makes my nose look fat from the side, so could I just get it shaved down with a closed rhinoplasty? Also, how much would that cost and what is the downtime? Also, I posted pictures too and I used a plastic surgery simulator and point A is my nose now and point B is what I would like. Thanks!
Can I Just Get a Closed Dorsal Hump Removal? (photo)
Doctor Answers (10)
Removing a hump
I think your goals are very realistic and reasonable. This is a modified rhinoplasty. My fee is between $2500 and 3000 for surgeons fee. Usually it can be done under local with a little sedation which can cost another $7-800.
Talmage Raine MD FACS
A closed rhinoplasty is all that is needed to give this side view result . Unfortunately, the frontal profile is not shown, and that would determine wether osteotomies will need to be performed. Osteotomies are also performed thru closed rhinoplasty.
Dorsal Nasal Hump Removal
Your dorsal fullness can be removed using the closed technique. Although I have been a strong advocate of the open rhinoplasty procedure in some noses for 35 years, it would not necessary to achieve your goals which I strongly support. You can return to normal activities in 2 weeks; it will cost about $5,000.
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Not so fast!
You have posted nice side-view photos of your profile and goal, but frontal views are missing, as is physical examination of your nose! You are already asking if your proposed surgical solution can be achieved, and thus far, 5 of my colleagues are eager to agree!
But not so fast!
Is your bump bony or cartilage, or a combination of the two? The latter is most likely, and simple rasping does not work well for cartilage. Since your hump reduction requires true finesse and accuracy, trimming of the cartilage requires a blade, not a rhinoplasty rasp (or "file"), and doing this precisely can be difficult from a closed rhinoplasty approach. Since there is less ability to precisely control hemostasis from a closed rhinoplasty approach, scar formation may replace the tiny amount of hump removal achieved. And, if indeed you have a wide bridge or develop an open-roof deformity after even modest hump removal, osteotomies and infracture will be necessary to prevent a truly "fat-nose" look from the front. More potential bleeding, scar fibrosis, and/or uncertainty of result! Now we have a fine kettle of fish, don't we!
Another discussion item that has thus far been neglected (but would likely not be during in-person evaluations), is determining just why you feel your nose looks "fat from the side" when your actually cute and diminutive nose would look substantially more small (or at least harmonious with the rest of your face) if you have a small anatomic chin implant for your retrusive chin (in addition to or instead of hump removal)!
Please see several ABPS-certified plastic surgeons who are experienced in rhinoplasty and offer comprehensive evaluations of your facial aesthetics. The above topics should be explored in detail, the pros and cons of the various issues being considered, and what works best in each specific surgeon's hands. Seeing before and after results is also helpful, especially since your requests are not for dramatic changes, and every operation has small changes that are uncontrollable, such as bruising, swelling, scar formation, etc. If your nose was a block of wood, then simply "filing off" the bump a tiny bit via the most inconspicuous approach would indeed be a good plan. But the nose is living, bleeding anatomy comprised of many types of tissue, each responding differently to surgical manipulation. Keep that in mind as you hear each surgeon's recommendations! Best wishes and Happy New Year!
Can I Just Get a Closed Dorsal Hump Removal?
Now that is the way to ask and post photos. The answer is YES a closed dorsal hump filling can be done under local with I.V. sedation. Healing from a week to 3 weeks depending upon the amount of edma and ecchymosis. Fee range from $3,500 to $5,500.
Dorsal Hump Removal
Dorsal hump removal would likely give you the nose you would like. I do this through the closed approach. When you remove a dorsal hump, you usually require osteotomies to reduce nasal width. This can increase bruising. You would have a splint for a week, and I would think that most of the swelling would be gone in 3 weeks. For this, my typical fee would be $5000. Good luck.
Closed rhinoplasty for hump removal only.
This can be done IF you choose a very experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who can have you meet with not just computer imaging. The cost varies but is about $5-6000 depending on what needs to be done.
Can I Just Get a Closed Dorsal Hump Removal?
Absolutely. This would be a relatively subtle change that can be achieved with a closed approach. This results in a faster procedure, less swelling and no visible incisions. Cost varies by location and surgeon. I would recommend that you find the surgeon you want first and then save until you can afford the procedure that will give you the best results. Rhinoplasty is a procedure that you only want to undergo once. I hope this information is helpful.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Yes for a just a hump removal, a closed rhinoplasty would be fine. Of course for a complete evaluation a frontal view would also be good.
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