Bump on Nose Bridge: 2 Major Causes and Remedies

The human nose is a very sensitive and very important sense organ of our body. The nasal anatomy consists of the Root, Nasal Bridge, Dorsum Nasi, Ala, Apex, and Philtrum. The nose is connected to the human’s forehead through the Nose Bridge, and the nose often develops bumps on the nose bridge.

1. About Bump on Nose Bridge 

The nose bridge, also known as the Nasal Bridge, is the uppermost bony part of the nose located just above the nasal bones and extended to the tip of the nose. The nose bridge covers the Nasal Bones and lies between both eyes, making 180 degrees with both eyes. This Nose Bridge often develops nasal bumps 1known as dorsal humps, highlighting changes in nose shapes.

A bump on the nose bridge is caused due to excess cartilage and irregularities of nasal bones2. The human nose is connected with self-esteem, so some people feel self-conscious and want their dorsal hump 3to be removed.

The process of dorsal hump removal often requires plastic surgery, and the patients undergo a Rhinoplasty procedure (nose job), a very common and effective method for removing dorsal humps.

This article will explain more about a bump on the nose bridge, its causes, and its remedies.

1. What Is a Bump on Nose Bridge or Dorsal Humps?

A dorsal hump, also known as a nasal bump or nose bump on a nose bridge, is a mixture of bone and cartilage. Dorsal humps are aesthetic facial disproportions that change the shape of the nose and are very common in human beings.

The dorsal hump begins from the top of the human nose near the eyes and is extended to the nasal tip. Due to the nasal hump, the nose looks irregular and is no longer smooth, making it a matter of larger concern for many people.

Sometimes these humps appear genetically, or they are caused when the nose is subjected to any injury due to which the nasal bones get replaced from their place. These dorsal humps are very common in patients related to fighting sports and can be easily removed through surgeries.

The bumps that appeared on the nose look like swelling of nose skin. These bumps are very different from the deviated septum as the bumps on the nose are not considered a medical condition, whereas the septum is considered a medical condition.

These bumps often cause swelling of the skin, but there are no breathing problems or pain in the nose due to these bumps.

2. Causes for a Bump on Nose Bridge

Dorsal Hump or the bump on the nose bridge is mainly caused due to uneven placement of bone and cartilage, whereas there are two main reasons for their cause:-

2.1. Genetics 

The main reason for the development of the dorsal hump is a person’s genes. Some people are born to develop a dorsal hump as it is hereditary and likely seen in their family members.

The bump is not seen on the person’s nose from childhood but develops during puberty due to uneven nasal growth in the patients. It happens when the nasal bones and cartilage do not grow properly or take an irregular shape.

2.2. Trauma or Injury 

Dorsal Hump also develops when the nasal bones of the newborn baby get pressurized while the birthing process. During the birth of a newborn baby, the nasal bones are very soft, so a light trauma on the nasal bone can lead to changes in certain nose shapes during puberty.

The bump can also develop if the nose is subjected to any injury. Bruises on the nose or broken nose lead to dorsal humps if the bone and the cartilage heal unevenly.

Bump on nose bridge
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This development of the dorsal hump is seen more with boxers or any athletes related to strength or fighting sports. There can be many reasons for breaking nasal bones, a vital blow to the nose during any fight can completely break the bone, and the broken nose can lead to the development of dorsal humps4 in the coming future.

3. Remedies to Treat Bump on Nose Bridge

The dorsal hump is usually treated through surgeries. There are three effective and widely performed surgeries for the removal of dorsal humps5, which include:

3.1. Open Rhinoplasty

Open Rhinoplasty surgery is also known as Traditional Rhinoplasty. It is the most common method which permanently removes the hump or bumps on the nose bridge. It is considered the most effective method of surgery for the removal of this hump.

During the surgery procedure, the plastic surgeon provides general anesthesia. Small incisions are performed that give them a full view of the bone and the cartilage below the skin. Then the surgeon reshapes the nose bump by breaking and resetting nasal bones to their correct position.

After the surgery, the surgeon covers the nose in a splint or a cast for a week and lets the nose heal itself. It takes almost 3 weeks for the nose to get fully recovered.

3.2. Closed Rhinoplasty

This surgery is more or less the same as Open Rhinoplasty surgery6 and is also one of the most used surgical methods for treating Dorsal Hump.7

The plastic surgeon provides general anesthesia in this procedure and modifies the bone and cartilage through the nostrils. The surgeon works through the nostrils in this procedure instead of making any surgical cut on the nose bridge. Since there is no surgical cut, there is no need to cover the nose in a splint or a cast.

The recovery time for the nose is very less, expected between 1 to 2 weeks.

3.3. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

It is the third and the simplest method that is used in the treatment of the dorsal hump. The non-surgical Rhinoplasty method is also known as the liquid Rhinoplasty method.

In this procedure, the plastic surgeon provides topical anesthesia. Then, with the help of dermal fillers, the surgeon fills the nasal bone and cartilage area around where the bump begins.

This procedure is much less expensive than Rhinoplasty, and the whole process takes about half an hour for the work to be completed. It has fewer complications, and the nose recovery time is much less.

4. Estimated Cost for the Removal of Bump on Nose Bridge

The Open and Closed Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the frequently asked questions by the patient. Any patient undergoing these surgeries must contact a good doctor and seek all the consultation options available to him.

More consultation with the doctor will make the person more knowledgeable about their treatment and help them easily determine the exact value of their treatment.

 In many countries, dorsal hump removal can be a huge burden on your pocket. In dorsal hump removal, getting consultation by a good health care facility may help you with the cost as treating these types of crooked noses depends on different aspects.

Many countries also do not provide medical insurance for removing the dorsal hump. In many countries, bumps on the nose bridge or dorsal humps are not considered medical health conditions. So you will have to pay for the treatment options out of your pocket.

The average cost for Open and Closed Rhinoplasty Surgery in the American Society for 2020 was $5,483. This cost depends more on the plastic surgeon’s experience, type of hospital, locality, country, and type of medical care.

Plastic surgery costs include the cost of anesthesia fees, hospital or surgical facility costs, medical tests, post-surgery garments, costs of medicines, and plastic surgeon’s fees.

The non-surgical method costs very little than the surgical methods as they don’t include anesthesia and have fewer procedures and facilities. Whether you go for an open or closed Rhinoplasty, you should at least keep a budget of $6000 – $8000 with you.

5. Things to Note for Bump on Nose Bridge Surgery

Before going for any dorsal hump removal surgery or any medical attention, you should first learn about the dorsal hump and related complications. You should contact a good and experienced surgeon and get knowledge about all available treatment options.

Sometimes having less information regarding the surgeries and plastic surgeons, many patients pay a lot more than required. If the performed surgery does not include a good surgeon, it can lead to many future complications.  

6. Frequently Asked Questions

6.1. What is the simplest way to remove the bump on the nose bridge?

The simplest method to remove nose bumps is non-surgical Rhinoplasty. This procedure is less expensive than Rhinoplasty, and the whole process takes about half an hour for the work to be completed. It has fewer complications, and the recovery time is much less.

6.2. Do nose bridge bumps go away naturally?

No, nose bumps never go away on their own. A person has to opt for treatment in order to get rid of it.

6.3. Is a bump in the nose normal?

Yes, the bump is due to the excess cartilage or tissues developed on the nose bridge. It is harmless but people want to remove the bump as it makes them conscious about how it looks on their face.

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