Supratip swelling or polly beak deformity? (Photo)
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Supratip fullness: swelling versus cartilage
Supratip swelling or polly beak deformity?
Rhinoplasty and Polybeak
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Hello,The fact that you are 3 weeks out and that it improves with taping suggests that this could be due to swelling. A "polly beak" is typically due to septal cartilage that was not addressed at time of hump reduction. However, you can get similar findings if scar tissue develops in the supratip area. Taping at night and massaging during the day should help if related to swelling. Remember, your nose will be healing for several months. This is the time it takes for swelling to improve. I would recommend you follow up with your surgeon so it can be evaluated. Good luck,Dr. Dominic
Pinksand1, At this early stage of recovery, it is hard to say the exact cause of the swelling. I will say this is a very common area to have some swelling, and even scar tissue formation post-operatively. The fact that it improves with taping, is encouraging and suggests it may just be postoperative edema. Should scar tissue start to fill in the area (a common cause of polly beak), steroid injections to the area would be one option. Make sure to keep close follow up with your surgeon, as a good exam and palpation are needed to decide on best treatment course. Good luck with the rest of your recovery.
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