Bump on Bridge After Bone Removed in Rhinoplasty?

Hi, i got a rhinoplasty five weeks ago , i noticed a bump on the bridge , its not that hard , i dont know if its a bone or not , so i asked my doctor who told me that he removed a bone from the bridge and this will smooth by time . Could this be true , or he is just telling me that to make me calm down ? Is removing a bone can leave a bump or bone ?

Doctor Answers 7

Bump on nose after rhinoplasty

  • When a rhinoplasty removes excess bone and cartilage causing a bump on the nose, the body heals the surgery by depositing protein.
  • this protein forms a fullness where you had the original bump.
  • it doesn't sound as though your surgeon is lying to you.
  • Light massage may help.
  • It may take a year or longer to completely subside.
  • Hope this helps!

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Bump on Bridge after Rhinoplasty

If the bump is caused by soft tissue swelling, it will settle down completely or significantly improve by the end of six months post-op.

Kris Conrad, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Bump after Rhinoplasty

   Your surgeon was telling you the truth, and these bumps due to tend to reduce with time as swelling reduces.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Traumatic bump on nose after rhinoplasty

It is very common to have some callus formation or soft tissue growth after removing a hump or bony elevation during rhinoplasty. This typically resolves with time but can incite new bone growth. I recommend to my patients to firmly tape that area for about two months after surgery combined with light massage. However, I would check with your surgeon first to see if that is appropriate treatment for you. Good luck.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Nasal bump after rhinoplasty

Some irregularity or bumps under the skin may be felt after recent rhinoplasty. As your nose heals some of these may go away.  Give it time.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Bump on Bridge after Rhinoplasty


Dear Wallody, I believe I answered a question from you earlier regarding placing ice on this bump for help in reduction of swelling? Again without direct examination and knowing what the bump is caused from it is hard to state. If it is bone or cartilage it may not resolve itself and need a secondary procedure depending upon how you heal. It may be soft tissue swelling which will resolve in time. For now I would trust your surgeon and keep a good follow up schedule to help provide you with peace of mind during this recovery phase. If you have concerns you may always have a second opinion however at five weeks post surgery I do not think this is necessary. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 210 reviews

Swelling after rhinoplasty clears up.


Hard to be sure without pictures, but your surgeon is probably right.  You should look a lot better in a few months.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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