Bumps on the bridge of the nose after rhinoplasty are not uncommon. Will those bumps resolve on their own? If so, how long will you need to wait for the bump to go away? I answer many of your top questions about bumps on the nose after rhinoplasty in this blog post.
What Causes a Nose Bump After Rhinoplasty?
Early bumps and irregularities, which may last several months, are usually due to swelling of the nasal tissues (skin, muscle, and periosteum). Remember, it can take a year or more for postoperative swelling to fully resolve, so seeing a bump early in the healing process is not usually a cause for concern. 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.
You can learn more about swelling after rhinoplasty in my related blog post.
Will the Bump on My Nose Go Away on Its Own?
Small bumps or irregularities that develop immediately after cosmetic nasal surgery usually resolve with time. Gentle pressure and massage may be appropriate. However, pressure that is too forceful may shift and move the nasal bones and cartilage, so it’s best to consult with your plastic surgeon.
The key is to be patient after surgery and give the nose time to heal. Most people find that their results are well worth the wait, as demonstrated by the results in the before-and-after photos below:
Do I Need Additional Treatment To Address the Nose Bump After Surgery?
In some cases, a steroid injection under the skin may be required to help control swelling and edema.
What About Long-Term Bumps After Rhinoplasty?
Bumps that persist beyond a year may represent scar tissue or additional bone and/or cartilage that won’t go away on its own. In some cases, a revision rhinoplasty may be necessary.
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. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, please request a consultation using our online form or call us at (202) 800-2085.