The ideal contour of the nasal bridge, when viewed from the side, is either straight (particularly in men) or straight with a slight upturn at the tip (particularly in women). If the area just above the tip (the supra tip region) projects slightly more than the tip, then the pollybeak deformity or supratip deformity occurs and the nose does not appear attractive in profile. This terminology is frequently used when referring to a nose that has already undergone a rhinoplasty and the supratip area remains too high, resulting in a convexity to the bridge and/or the appearance of a plunging tip. See below and find out how Rhinoplasty corrects a supratip nose deformity.
What is a supratip nose deformity?
As mentioned above, this type of malformation of the nose can happen either congenitally or as a result of a previous nose job.
In those patients who have undergone rhinoplasty, the supratip deformity results from either the nasal bridge not being reduced enough or from the inadequate projection of the nasal tip, or both.
The pollybeak or supratip nose is one of the most common postoperative deformities that require a secondary rhinoplasty.
How is the supratip deformity corrected?
There is no major difference between the surgical approach for a supratip deformed nose that is congenital in nature vs. one caused by previous nose surgery, except that revision or secondary rhinoplasty is usually more challenging due to the scar from the first operation. As with all medical procedures, it is heavily tailored to your anatomy and medical history.
Both the closed approach and open approach are appropriate for this deformity but in the revision cases, the open approach is probably more common.
Your rhinoplasty surgeon will have to assess the structure of your nose and determine the steps that will need to be taken. These include:
What should you consider before getting a supratip rhinoplasty?
Get a rhinoplasty safely
Dr. Charles Thorne has been in the plastic surgery industry for more than thirty years and has written numerous books on rhinoplasty and plastic surgery. He has also successfully performed rhinoplasty to repair every possible nose malformation including pollybeak deformities. If you would like to consult an expert on what steps can be done to correct or repair your nasal malformation, schedule an appointment online with us now.