Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rhinoplasty for a septal perforation

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery for a septal perforation is a complicated procedure. A septal perforation can occur due to many causes such as previous nasal surgery, trauma, intranasal drug use, or Afrin abuse. The perforation must be symptomatic to warrant closure. Symptoms might include poor nasal breathing, crusting, bleeding, and whistling due to the septal perforation. Closing a septal perforation is a difficult task. The patient must stop and refrain from any future habits that may have caused the issue initially. The septal perforation must be small enough and oriented in a way that is closeable.

The approach to a septal perforation is similar to that of a rhinoplasty or nose job. The perforation is closed and a piece of fascia or alloderm is placed in between the flaps. Splints are typically left in for 3-4 weeks to allow the closure site to heal without dry air blowing across it. Success rates (100% closure) with the appropriately chosen perforations are 80-90%.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Earlobe repair for slit earlobes

Slit earlobes, torn earlobes, gauged earlobes, or slot earlobes can be a nuisance to many women and men who have worn large or heavy earrings. These earrings can create a long slit in the earlobe and sometimes tear through the bottom of the earlobe.

Earlobe repair is a straightforward procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia. The earlobe is repaired and the stitches are absorbable. The earlobe can then be re-pierced in 6-8 weeks.

Large earlobes can also be reduced in size at the same time. Earlobes that are too thin can be made to appear more plump with filler products such as Restylane or Juvederm.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sinus surgery and Rhinoplasty

This weekend I attended a sinus surgery conference in Houston hosted by the UT ENT department sinus experts. The guest speaker was Dr. Stammberger who is considered one of the top sinus surgeons in the world. I frequently have rhinoplasty or nose surgery patients that have concomitant sinus complaints and may require sinus surgery at the same time as their rhinoplasty. This is not uncommon as the recovery from sinus surgery and rhinoplasty is quite similar and patients benefit greatly form improved nasal airflow, decreased sinus infections, and an improved appearance to their nose. Being double board certified in ENT and facial plastic surgery allows me to tackle both sinus surgery and the cosmetic aspect of rhinoplasty.

Contact Dr. Funk at Funk Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment to discuss sinus surgery, rhinoplasty, or any of your other facial concerns.