Can I Just Get a Closed Dorsal Hump Removal? (photo)

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!

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

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Closed rhinoplasty

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.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

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.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 255 reviews

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. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

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.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

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. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

Hump Removal


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.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 274 reviews

Can I Just Get a Closed Dorsal Hump Removal?

Yes I think you can be helped by closed hump removal by rasping the dorsum of your nose and if the bony pyramid is wide ( which I can not see from these angles ) then by infractures.All these are done by closed approach.

Wish you good luck.

Ashok Govila, FRCS, MCh, MS
Dubai Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

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