Dorsal Hump Rhinoplasty
By Aesthetic Facial Body Plastic Surgery and Dr Philip Young of Seattle Rhinoplasty
Dorsal | Dorsum | Bridge Hump or Bump will be discussed by Double Board Certified, Award Winning Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Philip Young of Seattle | Bellevue's Aesthetic Facial Body Plastic Surgery: Dorsal Hump or Nasal Bridge Bump is a very common condition that is treated with Rhinoplasty in the Western Countries. As you will read below there are some surgical options and some non invasive options for this. The surgical Rhinoplasty options are more definitive and curative. But the non invasive options can avoid a procedure and still have some subtle results that a person can be satisfied with. Lowering the dorsum can have a great affect of feminizing and beautifying the nose. A prominent bridge essentially highlights the bridge and takes away the dominance that the nasal tip should assume in the balance of the face. You can read more about Dr. Philip Young's theory on Beauty here: Rhinoplasty and Facial Beauty.
Rhinoplasty Open Approach: the approach to contouring the dorsal hump usually begins with an open approach. If you are just doing your hump, however, you might be able to get away with just doing a closed approach. Accuracy is better when the open approach is done in Dr. Young's experience.
Dorsal Hump Anatomy: one thing that might be interesting for you is that the Dorsal Bridge Hump | Bump is made of different elements. To begin with the nose is broken up into 3 sections called Thirds. The upper third is made up of bone. The middle third is made up of upper lateral cartilages, septum and some other soft tissue. The lower third comprises of the tip and is made up of cartilages, and soft fatty tissue. When resecting and taking down the hump, you will usually have to treat the bone and the cartilage elements. For our Rhinoplasties, we very accurately measure where the new bridge will be. This translates into measurable distances that we can then take with us into the operating room when we starting taking down the bone and cartilage. We start by drawing out the nose we want on your nose and take measurements from those markings. The cartilaginous septum is exposed and then finely taken down in small increments to get the desired projection or reduction. Then the bony bridge is then rasped down with these specials files until the right contour is created. This can take dozens of back and forth maneuvers to check for the optimal aesthetic results.
Dorsal Refinements and what to consider: During your consultation, a very important part of the process is the computer morphing process. Through this we can get a better understanding of what you want and are thinking about in terms of results. Questions to think of are: 1. how much of a dip you want from your tip to your bridge; 2. how high you want your nose near the area between your eyes; 3. how wide you want your bridge. You may not have some of these answers, so we can help you if you want. We have an advantage in this, we feel, due to our theory on beauty. Click here to learn more about our Beauty Theory Advantage.