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Rhinoplasty: Bump on Bridge after Cosmetic Surgery?

Bumps on the bridge of the nose after rhinoplasty is not uncommon. Early bumps, which may last months, is 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. Gently 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.

2 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.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.