How common is polly beak deformity?

I feel that all I see online are deformities from rhinoplasty. how common are these issues in your practice? Is there any tale tell signs to look out for?

Doctor Answers 9

Prolly beak defigmity

Polly beak deformity can occur if the surgeon doesn't lower to septal cartilage enough at the tip.  It occasionally occurs and may necessitate a revision.  The reason it is called Polly beak is because it looks like a birds beak, as im polly want a cracker?  Cruel but true.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Pollybeak deformity

Pollybeak deformity can be common and results from

a)poor tip support

b)inadequate resection of the supratip region.

Arian Mowlavi, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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How common is polly beak deformity?

Polly beak problems should be virtually non existent among competent rhinoplasty surgeons for at least the last 30 years. 

Curtis Perry, MD
Downey Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Polly beak deformity?

 Based on more than 35 years experience this complication is extremely rare in the hands of an expert rhinoplasty surgeon with a great deal of experience.  

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Poly beak deformity

It is not common in the practice of true rhinoplasty experts. Lots of surgeons claim that they are experts, when in fact, that is not so. That's why there are so many asymmetries, open roofs, inverted V deformities, polybeaks, retracted alae and hanging columellas.

Dennis Barek, MD
Great Neck Plastic Surgeon
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Polly beak

Thank you for the question and in the hands of an expert in the field this complication is rarely seen and is treatable if it does

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How common is Polly Beak?

Polly Beak  can because by a variety of issues such as residual cartilage left over in the dorsum, or fluid retention with thick-skinned individuals. If there is excess cartilage left, this will take a surgical touchup procedure to reduce it. If there is fluid retention in the super tip area of the nose causing the Polly beak, taping, and cortisone shots can help reduce the swelling in that area. The follow-up appointments with your surgeon are just as important as the surgery itself to prevent a poly beak deformity from occurring in the first several months after the procedure.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Common is a Polly Beak Deformity

In the hands of an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon a polly beak deformity, fullness above the tip, is very unusual. This condition will be very obvious as swelling resolves after surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hello askigquestions, 

Thank you for your question.  A pollybeak deformity arises one of three ways.  Some people are born with a prominent supra tip fullness, however the true pollybeak deformity is often after surgery or trauma.  This results from under resection of the cartilage dorsum (hump) or over resection of the bony dorsum and leaving too much cartilage below.

I would seek out a board certified plastic surgeon to go over imaging results to help explain in greater detail the options for you.

Good luck


Scott Shadfar, MD
Edmond Facial Plastic Surgeon
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