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Rhinoplasty: Bump on Bridge after Cosmetic Surgery

Bumps on the bridge of the nose after rhinoplasty are not uncommon. Early bumps and irregularities, which may last several months, are usually due to swelling of the nasal tissues (skin, muscle, and periosteum). Bumps that persist beyond a year may represent additional bone and/or cartilage that won’t go away on its own. Patients with very large bumps prior to rhinoplasty usually have the most swelling. Large nasal bumps or individuals with a history of traumatic facial injuries or a broken nose may require more than one operation to create a smooth, straight profile. Small bumps or irregularities that develop immediately after cosmetic nasal surgery usually resolve with time. Gentle pressure and massage may be appropriate. Pressure that is too forceful may shift and move the nasal bones and cartilage. Steroid injection under the skin may be required to help control swelling and edema.

Much less common causes of bumps on the nose immediately after cosmetic rhinoplastic surgery is a blood clot (hematoma) or infection. These are normally readily apparent and can treated by your surgeon in the office.

Speak to your rhinoplasty surgeon if you have concerns about swelling after nose job surgery.

8 Responses to Rhinoplasty: Bump on Bridge after Cosmetic Surgery

  • Riccardo Iervasi says:

    Hello, I have a rhinoplasty almost 30 years ago by a leading N.Y. plastic surgeon. I have noticed a slight bump at the just below the bridge and above the tip of my nose. It has surfaced within the last five years. Are there any suggestions to remove it or improve it. Thank you.

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Bumps on the bridge of the nose after rhinoplasty is not uncommon, even with the best rhinoplasty plastic surgeons. Examination would be required to help determine possible appropriate treatment options for bumps.

  • A says:

    Hello,

    I had rhinoplasty 3 months ago and I noticed a small bump on my nose bridge since a few days. I did the tip of my nose and a little bit of shaping above the nose tip. I didn’t have a bump on my nose bridge so that’s why I did my nose tip. But now I see a bump and it’s after 3 months. Is this normal and do you think it will go away??

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Thank you for reading the blog. Rhinoplasty recovery, similar to other plastic surgery, involves various phases of healing: early (days), middle (weeks), and late (months/years). Plastic surgeons generally consider the first few months relatively early in the healing process after surgery. Patients should speak with their plastic surgeon regarding any concerns they may have during recovery.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

  • M says:

    Hello, I had a septorhinoplasty 5 months ago. I had a dorsal hump removed and my tip raised a bit. About 2-3 months in my bridge was relatively straight, but then I began developing a bone-like bump on my bridge that looks similar to my previous dorsal hump. I now have 2 such bumps. Why is this? I also occasionally feel pressure on my nose.

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Thank you for reading this plastic surgery blog. Bumps and irregularities on the bridge of the nose can happen after rhinoplasty. Many issues after rhinoplasty can resolve with time. Patients should continue to speak with their rhinoplasty surgeon regarding any concerns they have.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

  • Laine Apple says:

    I had a rhinoplasty about a year ago, I’ve had bumps develop on my bridge of my nose. I’m mostly worried about having to get it fixed and paying for another surgery with the original doctor. What is standard for that? Is it normal for corrections to original surgery to cost more?

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Rhinoplasty patients, as with all plastic surgery patients, may want additional procedures. As with any plastic surgery, it’s always best for patients to speak with their plastic surgeon. Some patients don’t need a full surgery, rather just some relatively minor adjustments. Costs will vary among plastic surgeons.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

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