I have a very large hump on my nose that I would like improved. I like my nose from the front view, but the hump is very noticeable on profile. Will altering the hump change the way my nose looks from the front or just on profile?
Thank you for your question. Altering a bump in the nose primarily affects the profile view. The only exception to this is that when a bump is reduced, the nasal bones typically need to be narrowed somewhat in order to prevent what is called an open roof deformity. Basically, what this means is that we do not want to leave you with a very flat appearing area where the bump was and certainly do not want you to have an indentation there. In order to prevent this, the bones are narrowed conservatively with osteotomies or gentle incisions in the bone that allow them to come together more in the middle, rather then staying splayed apart. One way to think of this is that if you have an A frame roof and take off the top third of this, where the two sides of the roof meet at a point, you will be left with two edges of the roof sticking up in an open area in the middle, unless you do something to the slant of the side of the roof to allow them to meet at the middle again. So there is not much of change, if any perceptual change, to the front view in most pictures unless we wish to create a more narrowed appearance.