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Posted by Dr. Halaas | on June 18, 2013 »

I am terrified of developing Polly beak deformity because I have thick skin. It also concerns my surgeon. He explained that he has had some cases of Polly beak earlier in his career and that since he has been suggesting tapping for eight to 12 hours a night for at least a month after the operation. Are the odds that I might develop one high? When would it have appeared and what measures, if any, could I take to avoid this? What can be done if this happens?

 

Answer:

It is very important that you choose a great rhinoplasty surgeon who understands your skin type, concerns, and who will take the necessary steps required to prevent polly beak.  These steps include providing good tip support, removing the proper amount of cartilage, and close monitoring on post-op swelling. Even with these precautions, thick skin can be a challenge. If you suspect that you are developing a polly beak deformity, make sure you see your surgeon. Occasionally, there are injections that can be used to help the swelling.

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