Is Nose Hump Made of Flexible Cartilage or Bone?

I have a prominent hump on the bridge of my nose. I am aware the cartilage can be formed into different shapes over time, so I have been pressing on the bump continually for days. is it actually made of bone because I am getting zero results. In fact the hump seems to be getting larger.

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Most nasal dorsal humps are composed of both bone and cartilage.

The top of many dorsal humps are at the bony - cartilaginous junction of your nasal bridge. In our practice, we may use Joseph saws to remove the bony portion of the hump, and a blade to lower the cartilaginous part of the hump. Hope this helps. Dr Joseph

West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Composition of Nasal Hump

A nasal hump is usually both cartilage and bone. Your massage of this hump will not decrease it's size but only irritate the surrounding tissue. You can gracefully accept the hump or get  consutation(s) regarding alternative treatments.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Anatomy of nose hump

A nasal hump is made of both bone and cartilage.  However, the amount of bone or cartilage will differ based on each individual. The only way to smooth out a hump is through surgery.

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon
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Bone and Cartilage Nose Hump for Rhinoplasty

Improving the hump or bump on the nose is one of the most common rhinoplasty requests. This bump is normally made of both bone and cartilage. Pressing on the nose itself will not reduce the hump, unless one presses hard enough to break the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is required to reduce the nasal hump.  Speak with a rhinoplasty surgeon to help determine appropriate options for you.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rubbing Nasal Cartilage (Like Other Body Parts) May Make It Larger (Not Smaller)

Hi Anon,

All the rubbing in the world will not make a nasal hump smaller, in fact as in your case it may appear slightly larger from the constant irritation.  Usually the major portion of a nasal dorsal hump is cartilage with bone also contributing.  To reduce the hump, rhinoplasty is required.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Hump

Pressing on the nasal hump is unlikely to do anything other than give you a sore nose.  The "hump" is as Dr. Pearlstein noted, usually the confluence of bony and cartilaginous nasal dorsum. The nasal bones, septum, and upper lateral cartilages fuse in this area.  It is sometimes more of a bone issue and sometimes primarily cartilage.  Depending on the size of the bump, its removal may require a scalpel and osteotome (chisel), or a rasping device.  Removal of a dorsal hump often necessitates in-fracturing of the nasal bones in order to avoid a flat appearance to the top of the nose.  Rhinoplasty is definitely a procedure that requires finesse and expertise, so ask around before committing.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The hump on your nose is both cartilage and bone

In most people, the highest point of a nasal hump is actually the junction between bone and cartilage. These are both rigid structures and need to both be addressed in nasal hump removal. Reducing the bone is by using a special surgical rasp or an osteotome (looks like a chisel). Reducing the cartilage is by using a special scissors and/or a surgical blade.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nose hump made of flexible cartilage or bone

It is a combination of both nasal cartilage and bone. The best plan is to seek the opinions of 3 boarded surgeons in your area.

From MIAMI Dr. B

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Modifying the nasal hump with rhinoplasty or injection

The nasal hump is made of both cartilage and bone and is a complex structure. There are only two ways to modify it. The first and easiest is to inject above and below the hump with a filler such as Radiesse®. This can sometimes camouflage the hump. The other method is a surgical rhinoplasty. This gives you the best result that is also permanent.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
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Your bump is both cartilage and bone

In fact its more cartilage than bone. You can't change the shape by pressure. Over time cartilage can change shape. Its thought to be due to continued slow growth possibly accelerated by injury. Short of surgery there isn't any way to change the shape.

Oakley Smith, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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