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Minor bumps or humps on the bridge of the nose are a prevalent cosmetic concern. Medically termed a dorsal hump, it can arise due to various factors.


  • Genetics: The most common cause is inheritance. The shape and size of your nose are largely determined by your genes, and a dorsal hump can be passed down through families.
  • Injury: Trauma to the nose, especially during childhood when the bones are still developing, can cause the bridge to heal unevenly, resulting in a bump.
  • Septal Deviation: A deviated septum, where the cartilage wall separating the nostrils is crooked, can sometimes contribute to the appearance of a dorsal hump.


Cultures have viewed noses differently throughout history. While some societies associated prominent noses with beauty and strength, others favored smaller, more delicate noses. Today, a straight nose bridge is considered aesthetically desirable by many.


A dorsal hump is not a medical condition, but there are options for addressing it:

  • Rhinoplasty: This surgical procedure, commonly known as a nose job, can reshape the nose, including removing or reducing a dorsal hump.
  • Non-surgical rhinoplasty (fillers): In some cases, injectable fillers can be used to camouflage a minor hump by adding volume to surrounding areas and creating a smoother appearance.


Please consult a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to discuss your concerns and explore treatment options.

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