Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Can Rhinoplasty Fix Post Nasal Drip

Rhinoplasty or Nose Job Surgery can address functional nasal issues such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates. Post nasal drip can be due to many factors. Enlarged adenoids in the back of the nose or enlarged turbinates can lead to post nasal drip. Nasal allergies may also lead to post nasal drip.

During rhinoplasty, the adenoid may be removed or cauterized and the turbinates may be reduced in size. Although rhinoplasty will not cure allergies, it will decrease the severity of the allergies in terms of congestion by making the turbinates smaller. The irritative allergic symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing may still be present after rhinoplasty and these can be controlled medically.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Will Septoplasty fix a crooked nose?

My Houston rhinoplasty and septoplasty patients frequently ask if septoplasty alone will fix their crooked nose. Septoplasty for a deviated septum will improve breathing and may make the nostrils more symmetric, but will not straighten a crooked nose. The outer bony and cartilaginous framework of the nose will need to be straightened in order to straighten the appearance of the nose externally. This may include controlled fractures of the nasal bones, stitches to bend the cartilage and weakening the cartilage in certain ways.

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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Should I have a straight profile or a slope with rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is the second most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. Many of our Houston patients who are interested in rhinoplasty have a certain goal or idea for their appearance. It is important to perform the rhinoplasty digital imaging with your surgeon so you have a good communication with him/her as to what you want.

Aesthetics are very subjective and you surgeon should respect your desires for your nose. Although the surgeon may make recommendations based on your facial architecture, ethnic background, and their own aesthetic opinion, ultimately, you should have a choice if you desire a straight profile, a gentle curve to the bridge of your nose, or a more sloped nose.

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rhinoplasty for a bulbous tip

After a dorsal hump, a bulbous tip is the most common complaint from patients seeking rhinoplasty. Bulbous tips are typically due to the shape of the nasal tip cartilage being too broad, wide, or bowed. There are many different ways to refine the nasal tip by removing cartilage, reshaping cartilage with sutures or stitches, and using cartilage grafts from the septum.

With many ethnic rhinoplasty patients, the broad nasal tip or bulbous tip may be due to thick nasal tip skin. This skin can be defatted and debulked to provide a more refined and narrowed nasal tip. However, ethnic rhinoplasty patients with thick nasal tip skin must understand that their tip can never look as refined as someone’s of Northern European heritage.

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rhinoplasty for Out of Houston Patients

Many of rhinoplasty patients come from outside of Houston from places such as The Woodlands, Corpus Christi, and Harlingen. They come to Houston to seek rhinoplasty as they may not feel that they can identify the expertise needed for rhinoplasty surgery in these locations. One of the common questions I get from out of town rhinoplasty patients is when will they need to see me postoperatively. Patients will typically spend the night in Houston the night prior to their rhinoplasty surgery, especially if they are the first surgery at 7am. Patients who live more than a 3 hour drive away should plan on spending their first night in Houston and head home the following day. I typically see patients 5-7 days postoperatively to remove the cast and stitches from rhinoplasty and retape the nose. At this point, the patients can go home and come back to see me 2-4 days later to remove the tape, or they can remove the tape on their own at home. I then typically see patients at one month, three months, 6 months, and 1 year.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Texas.