Nasal Dorsum Surgery – A Nose Job to Correct the Nose Bridge
A nose bridge rhinoplasty is a nose job that targets cosmetic concerns in the bridge (dorsum) of the nose. Reshaping the nasal bridge by surgery can improve the entire appearance of the nose and enhance facial harmony.
The nose bridge may be too low and flat (saddle nose deformity), too high, or too 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, reshape it, 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. He specifically tailors each nose job surgery to the patient’s unique facial features and cosmetic aspirations.
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 nose job that focuses on reshaping 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
That’s why it’s not enough for your nose to look good on its own, it has to be harmonious with the shape of your eyes, your chin, any ethnic facial features you may have, and the rest of your face.
There are many types of nose bridges– the flat, the wide, the narrow, the high, the low, and the crooked.
The shape and size of the bridge of your nose have a huge effect on both how your nose looks and the appearance of your entire face.
Fortunately, dorsum rhinoplasty can be done to improve the shape of your nasal bridge and restore balance to your face.
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.
This can make the nose look like a small ball in the middle of the face and can create the illusion that the eyes are set too far apart.
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 reshaping surgery, grafts are often harvested from the ribs because they are firm so they can properly support the nose.
2. High nasal bridge
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 too big for your face and can make your eyes appear too narrow.
During a bridge nose job, 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 big nose bridge and reshape 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
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:
- 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 give you a smoother and 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 too wide, your nose will appear too big for your face and your eyes can look smaller than they are.
A wide nose job can be done to narrow the nasal bridge and fix 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 too narrow can make your entire face look wider than it really is and your eyes appear too far apart.
During your nose job, Dr Hunt can strengthen and reshape 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. Even when every other detail of your face is perfect, if your nose doesn’t follow a straight line in the centre of your face, all your other facial features will look off balance.
Luckily, Dr Hunt can reshape 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 reshape the nose bridge can enhance the appearance of your nasal bridge, improve your breathing, and make your nose more harmonious with your face.
Can a Bridge Nose Job Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Absolutely. In fact, during your nose bridge rhinoplasty, Dr Jeremy Hunt can also refine your nose tip, reshape your nostrils, and fix any nose deformities that are causing you breathing problems. Dr Hunt will make sure that your nose looks right and functions properly.
Moreover, your nose job can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries to give you the most natural-looking and aesthetic outcomes. Injectable dermal fillers, a chin augmentation, 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 nose job surgery.
However, you’ll have to be patient to see your final results. Healing from your bridge nose job 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.
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 reshape 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 nose job to straighten your nose?
- Rhinoplasty can reshape 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 reshaping surgery can enhance the appearance of your nose and improve the overall balance of your face.
How much does it cost to straighten the nose bridge?
- The cost of your nose reshaping 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
- Read Dr Hunt’s Nose Surgery page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Rhinoplasty page
- See Dr Hunt’s Real Patient Nose Surgery Before and After Photos
- Blog How to find the Best Nose Surgeon in Sydney
- Blog How to Reduce Swelling and Bruising After Rhinoplasty
Medical References about Nose Bridge Rhinoplasty
- Prominent nasal bridge (Concept Id: C1854113)
- A review of genetics of nasal development and morphological variation – PMC
- Narrow nasal bridge (Concept Id: C4551564)
- Evaluation and Reduction of Nasal Trauma – PMC
- Correction of bony deviation in rhinoplasty
About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Plastic Surgeon
He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing cosmetic and plastic surgery in Sydney.
Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is optimal for your body and your lifestyle.
Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has given thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia the aesthetic results they desire.
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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