Monday, February 19, 2018

After Facelift Surgery Care

Many of my Houston facelift patients are concerned about their post facelift surgery care prior to surgery. At Funk Facial Plastic Surgery, we will provide all the proper instructions on postoperative care for bandages, dressings, incision lines and what to expect. We also recommend certain medication to stop prior to surgery and other medications to take afterwards to assist in the healing process. After facelift surgery care is discussed at length with both our patient care coordinator, handouts, and with Dr. Funk himself.

Dr. Funk performs facelifts and mini facelift surgery in Houston, Texas.

Eyelid Surgery after LASIK

I always ask my Houston eyelid surgery patients if they have had LASIK surgery in the past whether they are interested in upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid bags surgery. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty with a history of LASIK surgery can predispose one to dry eye. The blink reflex is slightly delayed after eyelid surgery and this can lead to some temporary dry eye. It’s important to be conservative with the amount of skin removed after upper eyelid surgery in patients with a history of dry eye and LASIK.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston, TX.

Rhinoplasty and Sleep Apnea

Some of my Houston rhinoplasty patients have issues with breathing while sleeping and admit to snoring or even apneic events. Rhinoplasty for cosmetic purposes will not improve breathing, snoring, and definitely not sleep apnea. However, if septoplasty or turbinate reduction is performed at the same time as rhinoplasty, this will improve breathing and snoring. Nose surgery will not improve sleep apnea or treat sleep apnea. However, if you are on CPAP, it may make the CPAP more tolerable with lower airway pressures.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, Texas.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cost of a mini facelift versus a full facelift

Some of my Houston patients inquire about a mini facelift versus a full facelift as they feel the cost of a mini facelift is less than a full facelift and neck lift. With a mini facelift, the neck is not dissected and there is no platysmaplasty. Therefore, the time spent in the operating room with a mini facelift is usually shorter as well. Hence, a mini facelift is usually more affordable than a full facelift with a neck lift.

Dr. Funk performs mini facelift surgery in Houston, TX.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Will blepharoplasty fix a droopy eye?

Blepharoplasty alone will not fix a droopy eye or ptosis of the eye. Upper blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery will remove excess eyelid skin to create a more open eyed, refreshed, and rested appearance. Assymetry of the eyelids or a droopy eyelid is called ptosis and has many causes. Ptosis repair or creating more symmetric eyelids can be performed at the same time as blepharoplasty but is different procedure than blepharoplasty. Ptosis repair frequently requires the patient to be awake so they can open their eyes to assess the symmetry of the eyelid.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston.