Dorsal Hump RhinoplastyPlastic Surgery in Latham, New York

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The Nasal Hump Surgery Process


Every procedure at the Williams Center begins with a consultation, which gives the surgeon an opportunity to hear the patient’s goals and assess the nose and face, and gives the patient a chance to get answers to questions about the doctor, practice, and surgery itself—including procedure cost.

Men and women seeking nasal hump surgery or any cosmetic change to their nose are encouraged to seek out a nasal surgery specialist, since the specific experience can help throughout the entire surgical process, from consultation to follow-up. In some cases, a nose-focused surgeon may identify other structural or cosmetic problems contributing to a disproportionate look on the face, as well as structural problems that can obstruct natural breathing.

Computerized imaging can be used to show a patient what the results of nasal hump surgery could look like from head on and in profile—though any patient enjoying the benefits of this technology should remember that the images are not a prediction, but a glimpse of what is generally possible.


The nasal hump surgery typically takes between one and two hours, and in Dr. Williams’ hands, it will involve the administration of an anesthetic by a credentialed professional before work begins on the bridge, which is made up of bone in the upper third and cartilage in the lower two-thirds. Your surgeon will remove bone and/or cartilage as necessary to give the bridge a straighter line. Dr. Williams almost exclusively uses the closed approach, which keeps all necessary surgery, including incisions, to the internal structures, so no lines or scars are visible on the outside of the nose.


For recovery after nasal hump surgery, Dr. Williams uses only very light dressing to be removed one day following the surgery. An outer splint will also be put into place, to be removed after a week. From there, he advises patients to avoid activities that might cause a bump to the nose for two more weeks. Swelling will go down over this time, though it can take up to a year for the nose to finally heal. As with all surgeries, there is a risk—though uncommon—of bleeding or infection. Post-surgical care instructions will be given and follow-up visits scheduled as necessary.

Remember that there is no way to guarantee how nasal hump surgery will heal. Up to 10 percent of patients may seek out a “touch-up” procedure to refine their results.

To learn more, watch Dr. Williams’ Famous Fireside Chats, in which he provides answers to frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty, including nasal hump surgery. You can also visit this site’s FAQs page.

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Other Available Procedures

In addition to nasal hump and large nose surgery, Dr. Williams also performs procedures to address a saddle nose, crooked nose, crooked nasal base/tip, pinched tip, and drooping nose.

Considering nasal hump surgery in the Albany, NY, area? Arrange for a consultation at the Williams Center by calling 518-786-7000 or sending a message online today.

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