Nose Job to Remove Dorsal Hump. Lots of Photos.
For years, the dorsal hump (aka bump) on my nose has always bothered me and would make me self-conscious of my profile view. I finally decided to take the leap to have plastic surgery. I decided getting a nose job and a Septoplasty, since I had a deviated septum and always had trouble breathing, was the best option for me.
Honestly, the worst part of this entire process was leading up to the surgery. I had terrible anxiety about being put under anesthesia and I was also nervous about what the results of my new nose would be. I didn’t want a different nose, I simply wanted the bump removed. I knew I needed to have faith in my plastic surgeon and hoped he would do a great job.
Immediately post op, I was amazed that I could breathe through my nose since they had used breathable splints instead of the old-school packing that I had heard horror stories about. I slept for the remainder of the day and hardly had any pain at all thanks to the pain medicine.
On the second day, my breathable splints became clogged with dried up blood and I could no longer breathe out of my nose. This is when I started to feel pressure and my face was starting to swell and bruise. Luckily, my eyes never swelled shut as I had read from other’s experiences. I think what helped my bruising remain minimal and heal quickly was the fact that I slept in one of those inclining beds which helped even more than just propping my head up on a pillow.
Every other day I had to go into my rhinoplasty surgeon's office for them to clean out my nose from the dried blood. This was the only part of the entire healing process that I thought was painful—imagine dried blood and boogers being yanked out of your nose and pulling your nose hairs with them...not fun.
Other than that, the rest of the week was pretty uneventful and consisted of a lot of eating Jello and oatmeal since it was hard to move my upper lip, taking naps since sleeping upright every night wasn’t exactly the best sleep, and healing. Towards the end of the week, I was even feeling well enough to run a few errands with my mom. By the week and a half mark it was time to take out the splints (which were uncomfortable but not painful to remove) and take off the cast (which didn’t hurt at all).
Once everything was removed, I immediately was able to breathe through my nose again and felt much better. My bruising was practically gone and I went back to work right away and didn’t need any more time to heal. Every day the swelling would go down considerably, making my nose look better. I didn’t have much feeling in the tip of my nose for a few months after my rhinoplasty either.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with my results. They aren’t perfect (especially to my own eyes) but I think it was an overall improvement, so I’m happy with it. I have pretty thin skin around my nose which shows imperfections when you look closely. I have one side that I think looks better than the other as one has a slight raise towards the tips and pulls up on my nostril more. There is also a line of cartilage that I can feel down the middle of my nose and it stands out in some lighting and looks a bit weird. This is something I point out to family and friends, but they don’t seem to notice without me bringing it up. I also don’t think the septoplasty made much of a difference, since I still have trouble breathing. But the bump is gone and I’m a lot more confident in my profile now! I waited a long time to have my bump removed, but it was worth it!
With the rhinoplasty, did you just do the nasal dorsal hump removal or did you adjust the tip as well? I’m having my nasal dorsal hump removed at the end of the year but that’s it. I’m getting nervous thinking that I’ll just have a weird looking nose if it isn’t fully refined on the tip. By the way, I am perfectly happy with my nose except the bump from a few breaks.
Hey! I only had the dorsal hump removed. I did not have my tip adjusted. It is very common for people to only have the dorsal hump shaved down, without touching any other parts of the nose. If you go to a good surgeon, they'll know if your tip has to be refined or not when they remove your hump. Good luck!