Can My Dorsal Hump Be Flattened Out With Rhinoplasty?

By: Dr. Husam Elias


Even minor imperfections in the shape or size of the nose can have a dramatic impact on your facial harmony, proportions, and overall appearance. Not only that, but the way you feel about your nose can greatly add to – or diminish – your self-esteem. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts near Los Angeles, CA, experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Husam Elias helps restore patients’ confidence and enhance their nasal appearance and function with advanced rhinoplasty surgery. Here, you’ll find answers to common rhinoplasty FAQ, including what kinds of concerns – like a dorsal hump – can be corrected with nose surgery.

Is rhinoplasty right for me?

Because rhinoplasty surgery can be customized based on the specific cosmetic and functional concerns of each patient, almost anyone who is in good health can be considered a candidate for the procedure. Ideal rhinoplasty patients should be teens or adults with a fully developed (grown) nose, nonsmokers, and have realistic expectations for their results. To determine if you may be eligible for rhinoplasty surgery and to better understand what results may be possible for you, Dr. Elias will conduct a thorough consultation and evaluation, during which time he will evaluate your nasal anatomy, listen to your concerns and goals, and discuss your available options at length.

What can be fixed with rhinoplasty surgery?

The highly versatile and customizable nature of rhinoplasty surgery allows Dr. Elias to address a wide range of functional and cosmetic concerns. Some of the most common complaints that can be improved or corrected with nasal surgery include:

  • Nose is too big
  • Flat nose
  • Pointy nasal tip
  • Bulbous nasal tip
  • Crooked nose
  • Asymmetric nose
  • Small or large nostrils
  • Upturned pig nose
  • Humped nose
  • Bump in nasal bridge
  • Hooked nose
  • Previously botched nose job
  • Deviated septum
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Snoring

How does rhinoplasty fix a dorsal hump?

Many people, including patients of certain ethnicities, have a prominent curvature to their nose – known as a dorsal hump. This is a genetic formation of bony material, cartilage, and tissue that does not typically cause functional issues, but some patients consider it a cosmetic nuisance. For these patients, dorsal hump correction – sometimes referred to as dorsal hump removal – can be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery. During dorsal hump reduction rhinoplasty, Dr. Elias may “shave” down the bony material and remove cartilage and tissue to create a smoother, more inverted nasal contour.

Am I old enough for a nose job?

Ideally, patients should wait until adulthood to undergo nose surgery. This ensures the nose is fully developed and reduces the risk of unwanted changes to your results due to further growth and development. However, some teens may have a fully developed nose and be eligible for surgery. During your or your teen’s initial consultation for a Los Angeles rhinoplasty, Dr. Elias will carefully evaluate the nasal anatomy and structure to determine if surgery is an appropriate option.

Smooth out your humped nose with rhinoplasty surgery

If you are self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose, you have options. Get the nose you’ve always wanted and regain the confidence you deserve by calling Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to schedule your private consultation near Los Angeles, CA to discuss nose surgery with Dr. Husam Elias today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.