Asian Rhinoplasty Houston
As a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Funk is dedicated to personalizing his approach for each patient's needs when it comes to getting nose surgery or any other cosmetic procedure. One of the most important aspects to consider during a consultation is the patient's ethnicity. The Asian nose typically presents with a flat bridge, thicker nasal skin, wide nasal bones, an amorphous or bulbous tip, little tip projection off the face and a wide base with circular or horizontal shaped nostrils. Different Asian nationalities have various features from country to country in Asia. No two rhinoplasty procedures are alike, even within the same ethnicity. Dr. Funk carefully considers the specific needs and preferences of each patient during the consultation. Overall, Asian rhinoplasty should restore a more desirable balance to the face, look natural and enhance the beauty of the rest of his/her facial features.
Asian Rhinoplasty Process
Dr. Funk takes pride in his extensive consultation with each patient. He makes sure to understand his patients’ concerns and desires for their ideal aesthetic result. Dr. Funk believes that the goal with rhinoplasty is not to create a nose that HE feels is aesthetically pleasing but to give YOU the nose that YOU want. This is what makes a happy patient. If you want to keep a straight bridge without a gentle curve or slope or do not want your tip rotated with nose surgery, he makes sure to honor these requests and wishes.
Dr. Funk will provide a thorough examination of the external and internal aspects of your nose. If there is a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates, he will discuss this with you, what it means, and what can be done to address these issues. Photographs will be taken and Dr. Funk personally will sit with you and loved ones while making digital changes to your photos. He feels that this allows both the surgeon and patient to be on the same page regarding the desired outcome. Dr. Funk will personally review actual before and after images of patients who have similar features to your nose and have undergone rhinoplasty with him.
Your consultation will end with our patient care coordinator discussing your quote for surgery and insurance benefits if you have breathing issues. She will assist with scheduling your surgery and accommodating your needs up to the date of the procedure.
Your preoperative appointment, or preop, typically occurs the day prior to your procedure. On this day, you will spend a considerable amount of time with our patient care coordinator who will provide prescriptions and detailed instructions on what to expect after your rhinoplasty and how to care for the nose after your surgery. You will also meet with Dr. Funk once more to assure the two of you are in agreement regarding the goals for the surgery. Images may be reviewed once more during your preop with Dr. Funk.
Day of Surgery
Asian rhinoplasty typically consists of building up a bridge, refining the nasal tip and increasing the projection of the nasal tip or how far it sticks out off the face. Asian rhinoplasty also entails narrowing the nostrils and creating better “lines” to the nose with osteotomies during nasal surgery. Depending on the patient, Asian nose skin can be thicker than Caucasian skin especially in the tip therefore the amount of refinement of the tip is limited.
On your day of surgery, it is important to note that Dr. Funk has performed your rhinoplasty in his mind 3-4 times already - on the day of your consultation, at your preop, and the morning of surgery. Dr. Funk will perform your rhinoplasty at an accredited surgery center with an anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, nurse, and surgical technician. Dr. Funk insists on having the same team for your surgery. This way, they understand his routine and things run much more smoothly. Rhinoplasty duration varies but usually takes 2-3 hours. You will be in recovery for about one hour and then be discharged home.
Recovery after rhinoplasty is typically about 8 days until you are feeling social. Dr. Funk will provide you with medications to take orally and certain medications will also be given in the operating room through your IV to minimize your bruising and swelling. Dr. Funk does not use any packing or splints that may cause pain and headaches. He uses a gentle technique and maximizes hemostasis, avoiding bleeding, to make for a more comfortable and easier recovery with minimal bruising. Dr. Funk sees patients for their first postoperative visit 5-6 days after surgery. The nose is then retaped for 2-3 days. One thing to note in Asian Rhinoplasty is that darker pigmented Asian skin does not heal as quickly, and the scars can be seen more readily or are more pigmented than in Caucasian skin.
For surgical and non-surgical options in Asian rhinoplasty, please contact our office in Houston or request a consultation today. Regardless of your age, gender or ethnicity, we make patient satisfaction our highest priority.
Asian rhinoplasty requires experience by the rhinoplasty surgeon as there are certain features of the Asian nose that would need to be addressed to create the refinement desired. Most Asian rhinoplasty patients have a flat bridge and desire a higher nasal dorsum which may require a dorsal implant. They may also have a flat nasal tip that is depressed and under-rotated. Asian rhinoplasty may also need nostril reduction or narrowing of the nostrils. Creating a more refined Asian nose while still respecting ethnic identity is important with Asian rhinoplasty.