The nose sits in the center of the face, so it naturally attracts a lot of attention. Many people believe that a “good nose” can make or break a person’s overall appearance. That’s why so many people suffer from low self-confidence when they have a large, crooked, or bumpy nose. Some people even have what’s called a pollybeak deformity, which some say resembles a parrot beak. This nasal deformity is a complication from a previous rhinoplasty procedure, and can cause people to suffer from very low self-confidence. Below, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daneshmand explains how the pollybeak deformity occurs, and how he can fix it.
If your nose is your biggest insecurity, you may qualify for a surgical or non-surgical nose job. Dr. Daneshmand has more than 30 years of experience in performing reconstructive and facial plastic surgery. He wants you to feel like your most beautiful and confident self. Call 949-359-8397 to schedule an appointment at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute today.
What is a Pollybeak Deformity?
A pollybeak deformity is when the supratip area of the nose – which is the nasal bridge area that comes right before the nasal tip – appears full from excess tissue. This fullness in the supratip region creates a nose that resembles a parrot’s beak, hence the name of this deformity.
Most women desire a smaller, thinner nose that’s straight and has a nasal tip that turns up slightly. Thick skin that creates a downturned, prominent nasal tip often leads to lowered self-confidence.
How Does a Pollybeak Deformity Happen?
A pollybeak deformity is a complication of a previous rhinoplasty surgery. Either the surgeon did not perform the primary rhinoplasty well, or poor healing occurred after surgery, or both.
This deformity is commonly caused by the following mistakes during rhinoplasty surgery:
- Aggressive Dorsal Hump Removal: If a plastic surgeon aggressively decreased the size of a nasal hump (AKA: dorsal hump) without properly redraping the nasal skin, then the skin can stay stretched out. As a result, this stretched out skin may bunch up and develop excess scar tissue in the supratip area.
- Inadequate Removal of the Dorsal Hump: On the opposite end of the spectrum, some surgeons don’t decrease the size of a nasal hump enough. This can also result in thick nasal skin in the supratip region.
- Poorly Managed Tension Tip: Some patients choose to undergo plastic surgery in order to fix their “tension tip,” which is basically when the tip of the nose is large and points downward. In many cases, patients with a tension tip also have a large nasal hump. If the surgeon just removes the dorsal hump without providing nasal tip support, then the patient could experience a large supratip area.
Types of Pollybeak Deformity
There are two main types of a polly beak deformity: cartilaginous pollybeak and soft tissue pollybeak.
A cartilaginous polly beak deformity can occur if the surgeon over-resects the nasal bones and the lower lateral cartilages and under-resects the cartilage in the nasal bridge. All of this can lead to loss of support in the tip cartilages, creating the polly beak deformity.
Soft Tissue Pollybeak
Meanwhile, a soft tissue polly beak deformity generally occurs if the surgeon doesn’t redrape the skin properly in the nasal bridge area. This can lead to thick skin and excess scar tissue in the supratip area.
How to Fix a Pollybeak Deformity
The best treatment for pollybeak deformities is revision nasal surgery, commonly known as a revision rhinoplasty. However, if Dr. Daneshmand determines that the deformity isn’t severe enough to warrant revision surgery, then he may recommend steroid injections or even dermal filler injections to improve the appearance of the nose.
Steroid Injections or Dermal Fillers
If a patient is enduring the early stages of a polly beak deformity, or their deformity isn’t severe, then steroid or filler injections may help. Steroid injections can potentially decrease swelling and scar tissue in the nose. Steroids shouldn’t be injected into the nose more than once every 3 to 4 weeks because of the risk of further deformity.
A non-surgical nose job may also be an option depending on the severity of the pollybeak deformity. Dermal filler injections may help lift the nasal tip and improve the appearance of a nasal hump. The only downside is that the results only last between 6 months to a year.
A revision rhinoplasty is the only sure-fire way to correct the pollybeak deformity forever, unless you return to the same plastic surgeon who created your deformity. It is crucial to undergo facial plastic surgery with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Daneshmand at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute. He will ensure that the correction of your pollybeak deformity lasts forever.
Risks and Complications of a Revision Rhinoplasty
If you have undergone one or more rhinoplasty surgeries in the past, you may have a higher risk of complications. However, having a good surgeon like Dr. Daneshmand can reduce your risk of complications. Still, it’s important to have informed consent before going under the knife. Listed below are the risks and complications associated with a revision rhinoplasty.
- Experiencing a pollybeak deformity again
- Internal and external scarring
- Breathing problems
- Blood supply issues
- Diminished skin elasticity
- Damaged septum, cartilage, or bone
- Swelling, bruising, and pain
- Excess bleeding
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Aesthetic results that you don’t like
Call Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute Today
If your self-confidence is suffering due to a pollybeak deformity, you may qualify for nasal injections or a revision rhinoplasty in order to correct the issue. Dr. Daneshmand is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute who has been performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for more than 30 years. He has the surgical skill necessary to treat patients with pollybeak deformities, no matter how severe. Call 949-359-8397 today to schedule an appointment at our clinic.