Dorsal Hump (Nose Bumps): Causes and Removal Options

If you have a dorsal hump or bump on your nose, you’re not alone. Many people have bumps on their noses, and they can be a result of a variety of factors. A dorsal bump is usually a small lump of bone or cartilage that forms on the bridge of the nose. This is a genetic trait and is most often inherited from parents. And, nose bumps can also be caused by injury or trauma to the nose.


There are a few options for removing this bump on nose. You can undergo rhinoplasty surgery to have it removed, or you can try other non-surgical methods such as dermal filler. You can also use make-up to minimise the appearance of a crooked or high nose bridge.

What Is a Dorsal Hump?


Dorsal humps are cartilage and bone irregularities on the nose. The dorsal hump may also be called a nose bump, and it can vary in size.

A dorsal bump is not usually visible from the front, but it can be seen when looking at the profile of the nose. It usually begins at the top part of the nose near the eyes and ends before the nasal tip. Many people are born with dorsal humps, while others develop them later in life due to injury or trauma to the nose.

You may also notice a bump on side of nose bridge. This is a dorsal hump bone irregularity, where the bone protrudes to the side. In comparison to the above condition, it can be more noticeable from the front view rather than the side profile.

Regardless of the cause, most patients with a dorsal hump want a flatter, smoother nasal bridge.

What Causes a Dorsal Hump Nose?

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There are various causes of a nasal hump and the main cause is genetics. Moreover, it can be more prevalent in one ethnicity than another. This is because different nose shapes are often a result of ethnicity too.

Other causes of a dorsal bump include:


Most dorsal humps are inherited through genetics. They may not appear during childhood, but they can come about during puberty when the nose is still developing.

If one or both of your parents have a dorsal hump, you’re more likely to have one as well.

Injury or Trauma

An injury to the nose can also lead to the development of a dorsal hump. A blow to the nose can cause the cartilage to become misshapen and create a bump. This is more common in children because their noses are still developing and the cartilage is softer.

If you have a dorsal hump on nose caused by trauma, it may be possible to reduce its appearance with surgery. Yet, this will depend on the severity of the injury.

Medical Conditions


In rare cases, a dorsal bump may be caused by a medical condition such as:

Bad Allergies

If you have allergies, you may be more likely to develop a dorsal hump. This is because allergies can cause the nose to become swollen and misshapen.

Nasal Polyps

These are non-cancerous growths that can form on the lining of the nose. They present as a hard lump in nose cartilage. And, they’re often caused by allergies or other respiratory conditions.

Deviated Septum

Septal deviation is a condition in which the cartilage that divides the nostrils is off-centre. It can cause difficulty breathing and may also lead to a dorsal hump.


Boils are pus-filled bumps that can form on the skin. They’re often caused by a build-up of bacteria, and they can occur anywhere on the body. Boils can also develop as lumps on nose as a result of an infection within a hair follicle.

If your dorsal bump is caused by a medical condition, treating the underlying condition may help reduce its appearance. If you find that you have bumps on nose bridge that are painful, please seek an opinion from your GP.

Dorsal Hump Removal Options

There are various dorsal hump removal options available. The best option for you will depend on the severity of your condition.

Non-Surgical Methods


If you have a small dorsal hump, you may be able to reduce its appearance with dermal fillers. This is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure in which a gel-like substance is injected into the nose to fill in any irregularities. It is also referred to as non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Dermal fillers can help to smooth out the dorsal bump and make it less noticeable. However, they will need to be re-injected every few months as they are not a permanent solution. This treatment also does not remove the nasal dorsal hump, but it can make it less obvious.



Rhinoplasty is the most reliable solution for correcting a large dorsal hump and the results are permanent. There are two types of surgery that can help:

Open Rhinoplasty

This is the most common type of surgery for dorsal hump removal. It involves Dr Doyle making an incision on the outside of the nose, which gives him access to the inside of the nose. He will then be able to remove or reshape the bone and cartilage to create a more desired shape.

This is the most effective treatment for dorsal hump reduction.

Closed Rhinoplasty

This type of nose bump removal surgery is less common and involves making incisions on the inside of the nose. It can be used to remove a dorsal bump, but it is not as effective as open rhinoplasty.

Your surgeon will discuss which type of nasal hump removal surgery is best for you based on the severity of your condition.



After having dorsal hump surgery, you will need to take some time off work to recover. Most people take around two weeks off, but this will depend on the type of surgery you have had. You will also need to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks.

It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising after dorsal hump nose removal surgery. This should start to improve after a few days, but it can take up to six weeks for the swelling to go down completely.

You will have a splint on your nose for the first week, which will help to support it as it heals. You may also have packing in your nose, which will be removed after a few days.

After your splint and packing have been removed, you will be able to see the new shape of your nose. However, it will take around six months for the final results to be visible as swelling is still present.

Dorsal Hump Removal Before and After

Below are dorsal hump before and after photos from Dr Doyle. *Remember all patients are different and will have unique and varying results.


Can a Dorsal Hump Grow Back After Rhinoplasty?

A dorsal hump can’t “grow back” after it’s removed. However, it’s possible that the shape of your nose may change over time as the skin and cartilage continue to heal. This is why it’s important to have realistic expectations about dorsal hump surgery.

Do Dorsal Humps Go Away Naturally?

If your dorsal hump is due to swollen soft tissue, it will go away on its own. However, if the bones in your nose have been fractured and moved out of place, the hump and crooked appearance will remain.

Can a Dorsal Hump Affect Breathing?

Having a dorsal hump on your nose is not related to any breathing problems. This is different from a deviated septum, which is when the septum in your nose is not straight.

A dorsal bump can make your nose bridge look pronouced, but it does not limit your breathing capacity.

How to Get Rid of Dorsal Hump?

The best way to get rid of a dorsal bump is through surgery. This is the only way to permanently remove the bump and create a more desired shape.

If you have a small dorsal hump, you may be able to reduce its appearance with dermal fillers. However, this is not a permanent solution and treatment will need to be done every few months.

Next Steps – Book a Consultation with Dr Doyle

If you are interested in rhinoplasty surgery to reduce a dorsal hump, contact Dr Doyle’s office for a consultation. He will assess your individual case and recommend the best treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results. To book an appointment, call 5598 0988 or submit a confidential enquiry form.

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