What is Dorsal Hump Reduction?
Several decades ago, cosmetic surgery was a controversial subject and many people shied away from exploring procedures that they wanted but were too afraid to get. Now, it’s extremely commonplace and widely acceptable for people to alter their appearance to improve their self-esteem and feel happier with the way they present themselves to the world. In fact, cosmetic surgery is on the rise throughout many different countries including the United States, Japan, and Mexico, and nose reshaping is one of the top five procedures in demand.
The dorsal hump reduction is one of the most commonly requested procedures when it comes to rhinoplasty, but what exactly is it? The following sections will break down what goes into this operation, who can get it, and where it can be done.
Dorsal hump reduction surgery reduces the bump or “hump” on the bridge of the nose for a straighter, more linear profile. This hump can be formed from bone, cartilage, or both and is handled differently depending on the individual and their preferences.
Most people have a dorsal hump that is composed of both cartilage and bone and require a procedure using multiple techniques. Dorsal humps that are formed with bone are typically reduced via sculpting with burrs, razors, files, and chisels while cartilage is usually shaped with scalpels and scissors.
Clients may undergo open or closed rhinoplasty depending on the changes that need to be made. Contrary to what many people believe, closed rhinoplasty is not always the better option because it doesn’t accommodate some of the bigger changes that clients are seeking and can end with poorer results. Open rhinoplasty allows for more accurate and effective modification with very minimal and almost invisible scarring. However, a closed rhinoplasty surgery is appropriate in many cases, and it’s important to discuss this with your surgeon to get a thorough understanding of the process.
During the procedure, patients are typically under general anesthetic or, in some cases, sufficient sedation to make the patient relaxed and comfortable for the operation. These operations usually take less than two hours and can be completed in under an hour for minimal alterations. Oftentimes, the tip of the nose will need to be modified as well to help balance out the look of the new nose, and the radix may also be changed in conjunction with reducing the dorsal hump. Sometimes, fixing a low radix eliminates the need for dorsal hump removal altogether.
Clients may also want to address other characteristics that they want to change during their rhinoplasty operation. However, it should be noted that not all procedures are right for everyone, and certain factors, like the thick skin, can help determine the degree of reduction that the surgeon can perform. Thanks to innovations in technology, clients can view a digital simulation of how their face would look with different degrees of reduction and choose the right amount with the help of their doctor.
The Benefits of Removing Your Dorsal Hump
The dorsal hump characteristic is usually genetic and may be found within certain families or ethnic communities. Not everyone who has a dorsal hump is unhappy with it, but some people find them to be unconventional, unpopular, or otherwise unaesthetic. Reducing an exaggerated dorsal hump can change the overall look of a person’s face and offer the most dramatic transformation to their profile. In addition, the rhinoplasty procedures are overwhelmingly outpatient procedures, so making the small, desired changes in your appearance won’t require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Who Can Get This Surgery
Anyone who feels unsatisfied with the shape of their nose can get dorsal hump reduction surgery. While it’s not normally necessary for proper breathing or functioning, it can improve a person’s self-esteem and make them feel more attractive. As with any surgery, prospective patients should be healthy and eligible to go under general anesthesia before moving forward. If you’re unsure of your suitability for this surgery, it’s advisable that you book an appointment with your doctor so that they can investigate how to go about performing the surgery in the safest way possible.
Where To Get This Surgery
Dorsal hump reductions can be performed at traditional hospitals as well as specialized facial cosmetic surgery or rhinoplasty centers. It’s important to carefully evaluate each surgeon’s experience, results, and reputation before choosing someone to perform your operation. Preferably, your surgeon should have several years’ experience in facial plastic and reconstructive operations, positive testimonials, and a specialization in rhinoplasty in addition to up-to-date credentials and board certification.
Philip S. Schoenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.S. is regarded as one of the top facial plastic surgeons in the country and has been named a Top Doctor by several publications. With more than 20 years of valuable experience, he is double board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an elite group of surgeons that have passed rigorous examinations and hold distinguished qualifications. Dr. Schoenfeld is also the founder and director of Renu and can be contacted in his Washington DC and Maryland office.