Everything you need to know about Dorsal Hump Nose

The dorsal hump refers to the appearance of nose that causes it to look hunched like a camel’s back from the side view. The nose gets a lot of attention and rightly so. It makes a lot of difference in your facial features how the nose looks. Be it the frontal view or the side view of the face the nose remains prominent. The dorsal hump is a cosmetic issue that is caused because of bone or cartilage irregularities of the nose leading to development of a hump on the bridge of the nose. usually, it appears near the top part of the nose, peaks in the middle and ends before the nasal tip.

Dorsal hump nose treatment

While some patients are ok with the saddle nose most seek treatment for hump nose t get a flatter and smoother nasal bridge with a defined tip. Unlike a deviated septum or a crooked nose, dorsal hump nose does not cause any functional issues but is mainly a cosmetic concern. Nasal dorsal hump correction is one of the most popular cosmetic rhinoplasties around the world.

Dorsal Hump Nose Symptoms

Some common symptoms of hump nose are

  • Visible Bump: The most noticeable symptom of a dorsal hump nose is a visible bump or hump on the bridge of the nose. It can vary in size and shape, ranging from a subtle bump to a more prominent and noticeable hump on the bridge of the nose
  • Nasal Asymmetry: In some cases, a dorsal hump nose can result in nasal asymmetry. The presence of a hump can cause the nose to appear crooked or tilted to one side, leading to an imbalanced appearance.
  • Breathing Difficulties: A significant dorsal hump can sometimes contribute to functional issues, such as nasal obstruction or breathing difficulties. The nasal dorsal hump can impede proper airflow through the nasal passages, leading to a sensation of congestion or difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • Nasal Bridge Discomfort: The presence of a dorsal hump can sometimes cause discomfort or pressure on the nasal bridge. This discomfort can be exacerbated by wearing glasses or other devices that put pressure on the bridge of the nose.


Aesthetic Concerns: Many individuals with a dorsal hump nose may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their nose. The hump can affect the overall facial symmetry and balance, leading to dissatisfaction with their nasal profile and overall facial aesthetics. The aesthetic concerns associated with a dorsal hump nose can have psychological effects on individuals. It may lead to feelings of self-consciousness, lowered self-esteem, or social anxiety, particularly in situations where the appearance of the nose is prominent or when individuals perceive their nose as a focal point of attention. The severity of symptoms can vary depending on the size and shape of the hump, as well as individual perceptions and concerns.

What causes Dorsal Hump Nose?

Dorsal hump on the nose or a hump nose can be because of any one or a combination of the following reasons:

  • Genetics: yes, the dorsal hump on the nose can be inherited. This is one of the main causes. The genetic humps do not appear during childhood but develop during the puberty phase. as the person ages the nose can become more curved and crooked causing the bump to become more visible.
  • Injury or fracture to the nasal bones: these can be temporary or permanent bumps because of swelling and bone remodelling and shifting in healing. The common causes are usually sports injuries, automobile accidents and fights. If the bump is because of soft tissue swelling it might go away in 2-3 months but if it lasts longer than that then it is likely to be a permanent bump.
  • Allergies to common things such as dust and pollen can also change the shape of nose over time and a person can develop a bump on the bridge.
  • Sinus and asthma
  • Previous rhinoplasties: Primary nose jobs can sometimes cause the development of the hump because the bones might shift naturally as they settle post-surgery.
  • Because of tumours etc: if the changes in the nose or the appearance of the dorsal hump happen quickly then it can be cause of the soft tissue or bony tumours or other conditions such as fibrous dysplasia.

How Dorsal Hump Nose can impact on your breathing?

In some cases, it might cause a problem. The bridge of the nose is made up of bones and cartilages and it sits on the top of the nose to protect the other structures inside it. In case of dorsal hump if the nose becomes crooked or asymmetrical then it can hamper the natural breathing routine. Also, if the hump is too pronounced then it can lead to mouth breathing and snoring and make the person feel stuffy during walking and other daily activities. Dorsal hump removal is a personal decision and one should consult a good rhinoplasty surgeon to  have it corrected.

What are the removal options available for Dorsal Hump?

Dorsal hump can be easily corrected with the help of cosmetic rhinoplasty. The rhinoplasty surgeon a correct the bump on the nose by modifying the bones and cartilage causing the bumpy shape of the nose . Rhinoplasty for dorsal nasal hump correction is a permanent solution. There is one alternative treatment also which is the non-surgical rhinoplasty but it does not remove the hump only just smooths it out with the help of fillers temporarily.

The surgical correction of hump nose is also known as reduction rhinoplasty and it includes the following steps:

  • First during consultation, the surgeon will do tests to see if what is causing the dorsal hump. It can be because of bone or it can consist mostly of cartilage or both. This will help the surgeon decide the technique used for nasal dorsal hump correction. The surgeon can remove both bone and cartilage to give you a straighter and evenly shaped nose.
  • Most top rhinoplasty surgeons will use the latest imaging technology to show you the results of the dorsal hump correction.
  • Depending on the cause of the bump on the nose, The surgeon can use closed or open rhinoplasty techniques
    • Closed rhinoplasty is suitable for both small and large dorsal humps. In this method the surgeon will access the insides of the nose by making incisions on the inside of the nose.
    • Open rhinoplasty is done for patients in which large corrections are needed or the surgeon is also combing any other nose reshaping procedures with it.
  • Both procedures are done under anaesthesia and In both cases the surgeon will trim the cartilage and/or sand or break the bones to a more desired shape.
  • The incisions are closed and the patient can go home the next day.

You will need some basic recovery time for which the surgeon will give you clear instructions for good recovery.

How much does dorsal hump removal cost in India?

The cost of dorsal hump removal in India can vary depending on various factors such as the geographic location, the reputation and experience of the surgeon, the complexity of the procedure, the type of anaesthesia used, and the facilities where the surgery is performed. The cost of dorsal hump correction also includes pre-operative consultations, post-operative follow-ups, and any necessary medications or dressings. Additional expenses may include pre-operative tests, imaging, or additional procedures.

On average, the cost of dorsal hump removal in India can range from approximately INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,000 or more. However, it’s important to note that this is a rough estimate and the actual cost can vary significantly based on the aforementioned factors. Your surgeon will give you the accurate cost based on the specific needs and goals. This cost can change if you chose to have any other procedure along with it.

It is advisable to consult with a qualified surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty to obtain an accurate cost estimate based on your specific needs and goals. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your nasal anatomy, discuss the procedure in detail, and provide a personalized cost estimate based on your unique circumstances.

Where to find the right doctor for Dorsal Hump Nose?

Dr Debraj Shome is among the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the world who has performed thousands of successful cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty surgeons on patients from all parts of the world. Dorsal hump rhinoplasty is one of the most popular procedures performed by Dr Shome. He sculpts the noses with the latest techniques and uses both surgical and non-surgical procedures as needed.

The nose is a delicate structure of bones, cartilage and tissues and Dr. Debraj Shome is one of the few expert plastic surgeons to master the artistry of making the balance between function and aesthetics aspects of the nose. Dr Debraj Shome understands since the results are to be “as plain as the nose on your face,” there is noting short of ideal that can be accepted. No two noses are alike and hence very surgery is individualized to suit your expectations and maintain the functionality of the nose. the results of the dorsal hump correction vary because of unique bone structure, face shape etc. Dr Shome works with his patients to explain how the results can be different because of their skin drapes and underlying bone structure.

Dorsal Hump Nose Before After Photos, See the Patient Results-

Before and After Photos of Dorsal Hump Nose Treatment

Before and After Photos of Dorsal Hump Nose Treatment

FAQ in Dorsal Hump Nose

1. Can I get my dream nose with dorsal hump nose correction?

You can take a photo to the doctor to given an idea what kind of nose appeals to you but it is not possible to replicate somebody else’s nose exactly. The ratio of bones and cartilages in the nose, the thickness of your skin, the skin types, the shape of the face and even the eye colour.

2. How does the non-surgical rhinoplasty work?

It is a simple procedure that takes under 30 minutes to complete. Fillers, namely hyaluronic acid fillers are used to camouflage the small dorsal humps on the nose. they are injected expertly in the depression above the nose hump so that the bridge appears as straight line. Fillers cannot be used on large dorsal humps.

3. How does dorsal hump correction help?

The dorsal bump surgery can help the patient in many ways

  • Makes the looks straighter and smaller
  • It helps remove the slight breathing issues
  • Makes the tip of the nose more prominent and uplifted
  • Adds balance to the proportions of the nose
  • Adds volume to the nose.

4. Who cannot opt for dorsal hump reduction rhinoplasty?

It is a common procedure and most healthy individuals who are looking for bump nose correction can be considered suitable for it. However, some factors can affect the candidacy of the patient and these include:

  • Certain health conditions and underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, heart issues, bleeding disorders, autoimmune diseases etc.
  • Unrealistic expectations of the patient. A thorough discussion with the surgeon can help set realistic goals and determine whether the expected results align with what can be realistically achieved.
  • Patients who are young and whose facial features are still in development stage have to wait until the facial growth is complete to undergo dorsal hump rhinoplasty surgery.
  • Insufficient nasal structure can decrease the chances of successful dorsal hump correction. If the patient has had previous rhinoplasties or if the framework is weak or other structural issues are present then additional procedures or modifications may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
  • Poor Overall Nasal Function: If an individual has significant nasal obstruction or breathing difficulties unrelated to the dorsal hump, addressing these functional concerns may take precedence over dorsal hump removal. In such cases, the surgeon may recommend a different surgical approach or a combination of procedures to improve both the appearance and function of the nose.

Reference Link-

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/dorsal-hump#:~:text=Dorsal%20humps%20are%20cartilage%20and,occurring%20bumps%20on%20the%20nose.
  2. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/841439-overview
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7780456/


About Dr. Debraj Shome

Dr. Debraj Shome- Facial Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai, India

Dr. Debraj Shome – Founder, The Esthetic Clinics, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the best Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Nanavati Hospital & Apollo Spectra Hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in the best international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as “Best Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Best Plastic Surgeon in India”, Best Cosmetic Surgeon in India”, “Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Breakthrough Innovator in Facial Plastic Surgery” etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life….Read more

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