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 scar tissue or 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.

20 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

    • Corin says:

      To the original poster, did this resolve on its own after waiting a full year after surgery?

  • 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

  • Nina says:

    Hello, I had a rhinoplasty done 10 days ago. I got my cast off 4 days ago and my nose already scared me from the second I saw myself. I love my side profile but my front is extremely swollen and big and wide. I have no definition and can feel a bump between my eyes. the right side of my nose has a very big swollen bump and the other side doesn’t. Also, my left nostril is wider than my right and I can feel it’s harder than the right too. All of this together makes my nose look very deformed and not straight…especially when I take a photo using flash. I’m very worried but do not want to seem impatient and call my surgeon…can anyone let me know if it will go away?

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Swelling is often a concern for rhinoplasty patients, or any plastic surgery patient for that matter. A majority of the swelling generally resolves in the first weeks after surgery. However, it can take a year for the “final” results. Patients should always keep in communication with their plastic surgeon.

      Interested rhinoplasty patients can read more about rhinoplasty swelling in our blog.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

    • Cristina says:

      Has this resolved at all? I also had surgery about 10 days ago and my nose scares me.

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Rhinoplasty swelling is most significant for the first several days after surgery. Fortunately, a majority of this swelling usually resolves in weeks. However, it can take a year for “final” rhinoplasty results. Rhinoplasty patients should keep in communication with their rhinoplasty surgery.

      Interested individuals can read more about rhinoplasty swelling in our blog.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

  • H says:

    Hi Dr. Chaboki,

    Could I e-mail you photos of me regarding this issue? I don’t want to publicly post them. It would mean a lot.

    Thank you

    H.

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Our cosmetic surgery practice offers private, secure messaging. Interested individuals can contact the office online via our Contact Us page or via Patient Portal.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

  • Layla says:

    Hello, It’s been almost 14 months since I’ve had my rhinoplasty and now I notice that there is a very small bump on the dorsum nasi, almost an inch below the bridge. Is this anything to worry about?

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Thank you for reading the blog.

      Plastic surgeons like to see their rhinoplasty patient at followup and monitor recovery. If you haven’t already, then contact your rhinoplasty surgeon specialist to schedule a visit.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

  • Mahra Yeager says:

    Hello, I had a septorhinoplasty to make my nose tip higher , lower my nose bridge and remove my nose bump like before two weeks and a half. Ever since I took my cast off after one week I had my surgery, I had this bump on the bridge of my nose, when I touch it it’s hard like bone and I don’t know if it’s swelling or it’s the actual bone/cartilage. Will this go away? I wanted a low nose bridge with a high nose tip, why there’s a hard noticeable bump on my nose bridge when I asked them to remove it? It looks off on both of my side profile and front. I’m scared that this isn’t just swelling.

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      Thank you for reading the blog!

      We recommend communicating with original rhinoplasty surgeons, as circumstances will vary for each patient. Bumps on the bridge of the nose after rhinoplasty may occur even with the world’s best rhinoplasty plastic surgeons.

      Here is some information on rhinoplasty swelling that may be useful.

      Best,
      Dr. Chaboki

  • ClauAL says:

    Hi Nina,
    Exactly the same happens to me… after almost one year of your surgery how is your nose right now?? did the bumb between your eyes dissapeared?? I am a bit worried… thank you!

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