Nasal Dorsum Surgery – Rhinoplasty to Correct the Nose Bridge

Nasal Dorsum Surgery – Rhinoplasty to Correct the Nose Bridge

A nose bridge rhinoplasty is a nose job that targets cosmetic concerns in the bridge (dorsum) of the nose. Altering the shape of the nasal bridge by surgery can address the entire appearance of the nose.

The nose bridge may be low and flat (saddle nose deformity), high, or wide. Other nasal bridge cosmetic concerns include a dorsal nose hump, a pinched nose, and a crooked nose bridge.

A rhinoplasty can be performed to repair the shape of the bridge of the nose and change its size. During a bridge nose job, Dr Hunt can elevate your nose bridge, rebuild it, alter the shape, or reduce its size. He can also remove a dorsal hump and straighten a crooked nose.

Dr Jeremy Hunt is an experienced Specialist plastic surgeon performing nose procedures in Australia.

What Is Nose Bridge Rhinoplasty?

The nasal bridge is the part of the nose extending from between your eyes downward to the middle of the nose. It’s the hard part of your nose, containing mainly bone at its core.

A nose bridge surgery, sometimes known as dorsum rhinoplasty, is a regular rhinoplasty that focuses on altering the shape of the nasal bridge. It involves carefully sculpting the nose bridge to make your nose look bigger, smaller, thinner, or wider.

The bridge of your nose is made up of bones and cartilage. During a bridge rhinoplasty, Dr Jeremy Hunt skilfully manipulates the bone and cartilage of your nose dorsum to adjust its height and width and give you a smooth nasal profile.

Nasal Bridge Concerns Addressed With Nose Bridge Surgery

There are many types of nose bridges– the flat, the wide, the narrow, the high, the low, and the crooked.

1. Low/flat nasal bridge

A low nose, or a saddle nose, lacks height because the nose dorsum doesn’t have enough cartilage or bones. A saddle nose deformity may be the result of:

  • A previous botched nose job
  • An accident
  • Trauma to the face
  • Congenital (you’re born with it)

When the nose bridge lacks height, the nose’s profile will look low and depressed. When viewed from the front, the nose will appear wide, flat, and undefined because there isn’t enough bone and cartilage to support it.

A dorsum rhinoplasty can add to the nose bridge instead of removing it in order to:

  • Raise the nose bridge
  • Improve the height of the nose
  • Restore the face’s harmony

Dr Hunt uses autologous cartilage grafts, harvested from the ears or ribs, to elevate the nasal bridge and add structure to the nose. For this type of nose dorsum surgery, grafts are often harvested from the ribs because they are firm so they can properly support the nose.

2. High nasal bridge

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

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Patient Case: High nasal dorsum – lowering of the radix or root of the nose results in a nose better balanced with the face

Conversely, a high or prominent nose bridge has extra bone or cartilage and projects too much from the face.

When viewed from the side profile, the nose looks like it’s sticking out too much from your face. When viewed from the front, a nose with a high bridge may look big for your face and can make your eyes appear narrow.

During a bridge rhinoplasty, Dr Hunt makes small precise fractures in the nose bridge to remove extra bones. He then shaves down the nose’s bone and cartilage to reduce your nose bridge and alter the shape of your nose. This can be combined with a nose bump removal as well.

As a result, your nose will become smaller, closer to your face, and more proportional to your eyes and lips.

3. Nose bridge bump/hump

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

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Patient Case: Dorsal Hump reduction – reduction in the dorsal hump removes the bump off the nose

One of the most common nose shape concerns addressed by rhinoplasty is a dorsal hump or bump. A nose hump is made up of bone and cartilage that are irregularly gathered in one spot on the nose bridge.

A hump on the nasal bridge can be the result:

  • Genetics
  • Trauma to the nose
  • A weak nasal tip that droops down making the nose bump more obvious

The dorsal nasal hump curves outward making your nose’s profile look jagged and your nasal contour appear inconsistent. Nose hump reduction can be done during rhinoplasty to provide a more aesthetically appealing nasal profile.

During dorsal hump removal surgery, Dr Hunt will carefully remove the extra bone and cartilage to even out the surface of the bridge of your nose. The results of this surgery are permanent – once your nose bridge bump is removed, you don’t have to worry about it coming back.

Additionally, cartilage grafts harvested from the nasal septum or ears can be used to add support to the nose tip and reduce the appearance of the dorsal bump.

4. Broad nasal bridge

When the upper bones of the nose are too wide, the nose bridge will look too broad. A broad nose bridge may be the result of:

  • Genetics (wide noses are more common among certain ethnic groups)
  • A botched nose job
  • An accident

When the nasal bridge is wide, your nose will appear big for your face and your eyes can look smaller than they are.

A wide rhinoplasty can be performed to narrow the nasal bridge and address a broad nose. This type of rhinoplasty requires a change in the bone structure at the top of the nose. Dr Hunt will break the upper nasal bones into smaller pieces and then move them around to make your nose look thinner and narrower.

In addition to that, he can get rid of your nose bump during the same surgery to flatten the surface of your nose bridge and create a straighter nose.

5. Narrow nose bridge

A narrow nasal bridge can make the nose look pinched and may compromise your breathing. A pinched nose appearance is usually the result of a botched reduction rhinoplasty or genetics.

A nose that’s narrow can make your entire face look wider than it really is and your eyes appear too far apart.

During your rhinoplasty, Dr Hunt can strengthen and alter the shape of your nose bridge. To do that, he uses cartilage grafts to expand your nasal airways, widen your nasal bridge, and provide it with strength and support.

Consequently, your nose will look more balanced from top to bottom and more in proportion with the size of your face.

6. Crooked nose bridge

A crooked nose bridge looks tilted more to the left or the right when you look at it from the front. The severity of crooked noses can vary from only barely noticeable to dramatically obvious.

The bridge of the nose may become crooked because of:

  • Genetics (especially if crooked noses run in your family)
  • A traumatic nose injury (a broken bone didn’t heal properly)
  • A birth defect or a tumour (this is less common)

A crooked nose bridge makes the nose look uneven and disrupts the entire symmetry of the face. If your nose doesn’t follow a straight line in the centre of your face, all your other facial features may look off balance.

Luckily, Dr Hunt can alter the shape of your bridge’s bone and cartilage to straighten your nose and correct its crooked look.

Your nasal bones will be repositioned into a straighter and more symmetric position. Also, cartilage grafts from the nasal septum can be used to splint and straighten a crooked nose bridge.

Furthermore, Dr Hunt can adjust your nasal septum and remove any excess tissue to improve the airflow into your nose.

Rhinoplasty to alter the shape of the nose bridge can change the appearance of your nasal bridge and improve your breathing.

Can a Bridge Nose Job Be Combined With Other Procedures?

During your nose bridge rhinoplasty, Dr Jeremy Hunt can also refine your nose tip, alter the shape of your nostrils, and fix any nose deformities that are causing you breathing problems.

Moreover, your rhinoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries. Injectable dermal fillers, a chin augmentation (genioplasty), or a cheek lift can all be performed at the same time with your rhinoplasty.

Recovery After Nasal Bridge Surgery

Any type of rhinoplasty will require some downtime for healing and recovery. Patients can usually go back to work and other routine activities around 10 days following their nose job.

Two weeks after your nose bridge rhinoplasty, swelling and bruising will begin to fade away. Within three months, most of it will have resolved and you’ll begin to see the results of your rhinoplasty surgery.

However, you’ll have to be patient to see your final results. Healing from your bridge rhinoplasty can take up to a year. As long as you stick to your surgeon’s post-op care instructions and take proper care of your nose, your recovery will go smoothly.

Keep in mind that the recovery period following a nose surgery is different for every patient. It will depend on the extent of the work that was done on the nose, whether the patients have wound healing issues and their overall health.

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FAQs about Nose Bridge Rhinoplasty

Can you straighten the nose bridge without surgery?

  • In some cases when the nose bridge is only slightly tilted, dermal fillers can be used to mildly alter the shape of the nose without the need for surgery. Nevertheless, this type of “liquid rhinoplasty” gives only temporary results and you’ll need repeated injections. Furthermore, a severely crooked nose bridge cannot be fixed with dermal fillers. The only permanent way to reshape the nose bridge is by rhinoplasty surgery.

Can you get a rhinoplasty to straighten your nose?

  • Rhinoplasty can alter the shape of the nose, correct a deviated septum, fix a crooked nose bridge, and improve breathing. One common reason people seek a nose job is to straighten a crooked nose. A nose surgery can alter the appearance of your nose and help to improve the overall balance of your face.

How much does it cost to straighten the nose bridge?

  • The cost of your nose surgery will depend on several factors including how much work your nose needs, whether you’ll need cartilage grafts, the type of anaesthesia that will be used, the equipment needed, and the facility fees. During your consultation, Dr Jeremy Hunt will be able to give you an estimate of how much you’ll need to pay for your nose bridge surgery. He will also discuss with you different financing options that can make it easier for you to cover the costs of your rhinoplasty.

Further Reading about Nose Surgery

Medical References about Nose Bridge Rhinoplasty

About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery.

He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing cosmetic and plastic surgery in Sydney.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has ensured that thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia have received high quality surgical care.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

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