Is It Possible to Fix Nose Bump Under Local Anesthesia?

I've always been insecure about the bump on my nose and I want to get a nose job but I'm afraid of having anesthesia. Is it possible to have it done with only local anesthesia? Thanks.

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Rhinoplasty, nose bump reduction, and other nasal surgery definitely possible under local

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Local anesthesia alone is certainly a possibility for rhinoplasty, whether just a bump or with tip resculpting and/or septal work, as long as the surgeon is experienced in this technique.

I have done several with local anesthesia alone, although my preference is to use light sedation to minimize the stinging sensation that comes from the local anesthesia, as well as the nervousness that might accompany surgery.

Surprisingly, I find that surgery done this way goes more smoothly, with less blood loss, and in a shorter time in the operating room than when surgery is done under general anesthesia. Recovery, bruising, and swelling are also generally less when done without general anesthesia.

Good luck!

Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and anesthesia

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I think that performing rhinoplasty under local anesthesia, although possible, is difficult. It is difficult for the patient and the surgeon. Shaving a simple bump off of ones nose might be suitable for local anesthesia, however, most hump removals result in the need to perform osteotomies (they break your nose) and that can be a very unpleasant experience. Not only will the case take longer, but, your surgeon will be worrying about your pain and emotional status rather than focusing on your nose. I would suggest asking your surgeon about "Twilight anesthesia" before writing off any anesthesia and subjecting yourself to local. Most of my patients have been extremely pleased with this form of sedation.

Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD, FACS
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Under Local Anesthesia

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Fixing the nasal hump is easy but during the procedure there can be bleeding which trickles down the throat and can also go in the wind pipe and lungs. That can lead to pneumonia which can be fatal. It is a lot safer to have an endotracheal tube to protect your windpipe against any blood or secretions going into the lungs.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Under Local Anesthesia

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Hi Princess,

Yes it is possible to have rhinoplasty under local anesthesia. For many years that was the way the majority of rhinoplasty surgeons trained in the 70's and 80's performed rhinoplasty.

You not only now have to choose your rhinoplasty surgeon carefully based on their experience, skill, and results, but also upon how comfortable they are performing the procedure under local anesthesia.

Good luck and enjoy your bumpless nose.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Local Anesthesia and Rhinoplasty

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Good question. 

What appears to be a simple "bump" on your nose is actually quite complex. It is composed of a hump of cartilage under the bony hump all supported by your septum.  On the inside of the hump is the inside lining of your nose and 2 air passages for you to breathe.   Therefore, the hump removal process can not only affect the look of your nose, but also how you breathe.  

While local anesthesia is possible, most patients (and surgeons) find this approach very uncomfortable, thus limiting the surgeon's ability to achieve the optimal results.

Intravenous sedation with a local is a very good option in many cases such as yours.

I recommend general anesthesia for most rhinoplasty cases, because it is both a safe and efficient way to achieve the best results.

Daniel Reichner, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty under local anesthesia

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It is just not a good idea or practical to have a rhinoplasty performed under local anesthesia. Local numbing anesthetic injections hurt quite a bit, and for that reason, we place patients under general anesthesia. After the bump is removed the sidewalls of the nose will have to be narrowed, which requires breaking the nasal bones, making general anesthesia the best choice for the patient and their comfort. Additionally, this type of surgery is not done under local anesthesia for fear of swallowing blood down the back of the throat, losing the airway.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty under local anesthesia

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Some individuals may do it under local anesthesia. It is safe but can be uncomfortable. You may also have the procedure done under iv sedation. But general anesthesia is safe and usually the best option.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty is possible under local alone

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It is possible to complete nasal shaping under local anesthesia, and the reduction of a small hump may be one of the best indications. This approach was popular to reduce small humps in LA years ago and was referred to as the 'lunch hour' rhinoplasty. The fad has passed and committing to the full procedure most often translates into a better result, and a better experience. Provided you are in good health you have no need to fear sedation or general anesthesia for that matter. The key is safety and comfort.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Yes - but why?

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It is possible to do a whole rhinoplasty under local anesthesa - but why? The current medications for sedation are so good and safe that most people opt for that. Putting local into a nose HURTS. Enjoy the drugs and a painless surgery.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty under local anesthesia

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I would not advise having hump reduction under local anesthesia. Hump reduction usually requires osteotomies (breaking the nasal bones) which would be very uncomfortable and also results in some bleeding which could be more difficult to manage while you are awake. The rare exception would be a minor filing of the bridge. Please don't make decision in who is going to perform your surgery based on the type of anesthesia.

Good luck!

Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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