Shaving Nose Hump in a Short Time Possible?

I developed a bump on my nose after Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty, which is hard and basicaly a lifted bone. My surgeon said he wants me to correct it as it is quite obvious; although not too large in size. He will go in and shave it down in 15 minutes and I will need no splint. This doctor is very optimistic. So, I worry that this is not accurate. Is it possible to jus go in and have the hump shaved down in such a little amount of time, and just leave with a bandage? How long will my recovery be? Last time it took me 8 months to get back to looking "myself."

Doctor Answers 5

Fixing a boney hump after rhinoplasty

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I would agree with your surgeon.  Although it is best to wait 6 months to one year after your initial surgery, this is not the case here.  There is a specific abnormality that he feels he can correct with a minimally invasive touch up.  I think you should proceed.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How long must you wait before further surgery?

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Most surgeons feel comfortable performing same site surgery after a year. Sometimes this can be shortened to 6-8 months. For example if a Septoplasty was initially done, then it would be possible to safely perform a rhinoplasty 6 months later. Although both are located in the nose, there involve different tissues. The reason is to allow the surgerized area to heal and the inflammatory reaction to die down. Revision surgery is hard enough not to have further compounding issues to deal with.

Fixing small bumps after nasal surgery.

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After a septoplasty and rhinoplasty, you should expect to have swelling throughout your nose. You should notice some significant changes immediately after the surgery, however your final results will only be apparent after your swelling has resolved which is in 6 to 8 months after surgery.

There are several different ways to fix this deformity. If it is a mild bump, this bone & cartilage may be shaved down using only the incisions on the inside of your nose. If it is larger or there is a discrepancy between the amount of bone and cartilage, your surgeon may choose to do a component reduction which would require opening the nose for a more accurate correction.

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Correcting a Residual Dorsal Hump

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If a dorsal hump persists after nasal surgery (and if that is the only residual deformity), then it is very straightforward to simply shave down the remaining bone. This can usually be accomplished through incisions on the inside of the nose. The amout of swelling and bruising is usually very limited,and the "down-time" afterwards is minimal.

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Rhinoplasty Revision

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It is possible to have a minor bony irregularity after Rhinoplasty surgery. As long as it is not necessary to reposition the nasal bones (which is frequently done in rhinoplasty surgery) a cast to immobilize the nose would not be necessary after your surgery. I would place tape over the nose to minimize swelling. Recovery from this swelling will probably take a couple weeks. Ask your surgeon.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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