Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why does rhinoplasty cause black eyes?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients ask if they will have black eyes after rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery to change the shape of the nose frequently requires osteotomies. These are controlled fractures of the nasal bones. This is an important maneuver in rhinoplasty especially when removing a nasal hump or dorsal hump. Then nasal bones sit fairly closely to the eyelids and eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body. Bleeding from the osteotomies will cause some bruising of the lower eyelids. This is what may cause the black eyes during rhinoplasty. Younger patients tend to bruise less as there is less capillary fragility and the skin is not as thin as patients who are over 35. However, the majority of patients bruising is resolved by 10 days after rhinoplasty.

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

Saturday, August 4, 2018

What is the cost of eyelid surgery in Houston, Texas?

The cost of eyelid surgery can vary from surgeon to surgeon and depends on the complexity of the eyes and whether upper, lower or both eyelids are done. Upper eyelid surgery is fairly straightforward and surgeons’ fees can range between $2,000-$4,000. Lower eyelid surgery is more complex and there are different ways to perform lower eyelid surgery. Whether you are simply treating lower eyelid bags, dark circles, or excess wrinkles, lower eyelid surgery can be treated with or without a laser. Lower eyelid surgery fees for the surgeon typically range between $2,500 and $4,500.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston Texas.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Will rhinoplasty last forever?

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery can create a more refined nose and a better functioning nose. When done properly with cartilage grafts to support the nose, rhinoplasty can last forever. As we mature, the tip of the nose will droop just as the other portions of our face lose elasticity and begin to descend such as the jowls and neck. By using cartilage grafts obtained during septoplasty the tip can be supported with a columellar strut or other tip grafts. This leads to a sturdier tip that will be supported and will not be a droopy tip over time. In addition, scar tissue will surround this nasal tip and also provide the scaffolding to support the nasal tip.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tip rhinoplasty vs full rhinoplasty

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients simply want to adjust their bulbous tip or rotated their droopy tip. What is important to note regarding rhinoplasty is that the nose is like a puzzle. If you change one shape of the puzzle, you must change the subsequent shapes. So, if you narrow the nasal tip, then you may need to narrow the nasal bones and the nostrils. If you bring the tip in or shorten the nose, you may need to take the bridge down to adjust for this. This is why a tip rhinoplasty alone is fairly rare and should be preserved only for those patients who do not need adjustments made to the rest of the nose for balance.

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cadaver rib for rhinoplasty

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty patients may have had a previous septoplasty or rhinoplasty and now have a saddle nose or collapsed nose. Other Houston ethnic rhinoplasty patients want their bridge higher or feel their nasal bridge is too low. There are many options to augment a low nasal dorsum or bridge.

I prefer the use of irradiated cadaver rib to augment a slooped nose or saddle nose. This is from a screened donor and purified and then undergoes radiation treatments. It is an excellent option when we can not utilized septal cartilage after septoplasty or ear cartilage for rhinoplasty. The warping and infection rate are the same as autologous rib and avoids the extra incision, pain, and scar.

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