No one wants his or her nose to resemble a hook or parrot’s beak, or to have an otherwise droopy nasal tip. Often known as an “aquiline” nose, this isa common aesthetic problem that can be natural or the result of a poor nasal surgery. The good news is that since this problem is not unusual, a highly skilled rhinoplasty expert will be able to correct a hooked nose. If you are interested in having a hooked nose fixed, first you should be aware of what might be causing it.
Large Nasal Hump
A common issue affecting many prospective rhinoplasty patients, a hump on the bridge of the nose protrudes, and may make the nasal tip appear underprojected. Sometimes, improvement requires only the reduction of this nasal hump, but it can also indicate a need for both hump reduction and nasal tip lift and support.
Lack of Nasal Tip Support
Sometimes, nasal tip support is naturally lacking, causing the tip to droop forward and contribute to the hooked appearance. In these cases, adding tip support and lift is often sufficient to improve this appearance. However, rhinoplasty is often more complex than it appears, and even simple changes may be more involved than they first appear, requiring more extensive techniques for lasting results.
Polly Beak Deformity
Polly beak deformity occurs when the “supratip” (the area just above the nasal tip) is higher than the nasal tip, making the tip of the nose look similar to a parrot’s beak. This is an issue that can occur due to a variety of factors, but the deformity most often occurs following primary rhinoplasty, and must be fixed with a revision procedure.
A “hooked” appearance is often caused by issues following rhinoplasty surgery. The “polly beak” deformity and other problems are unfortunately known issues that can happen for a number of reasons following primary rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty is key in fixing this once it becomes apparent. Revision surgery can be performed about a year or so following initial surgery, and the process is even more challenging than a primary rhinoplasty, due to scar tissue, weakened nasal structures, and overall changes to the nose.
Choosing a Surgeon
The most important decision to be made in any rhinoplasty surgery is the selection of the surgeon to perform the surgery, particularly if the procedure is a revision rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is an incredibly difficult surgery, and should only be performed by an expert who specializes in the procedure. Do meticulous research on prospective surgeons and use your consultations to gather as much information as possible.
If you are seeking expert help in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA, to meet with acclaimed rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is board certifiedand has over two decades of experience. To schedule your consultation, call either location today.