Sunday, January 29, 2012

Silastic gel sheeting, Mederma, and paper tape for scars

A recent study demonstrates that Mederma, silicone gel, or silastic sheeting will improve the appearance of a scar compared to no treatment at all. Scar treatment should begin 2 weeks after surgery and should be placed on the surgical site for at least 6 weeks. It is preferable to have this treatment for 6 months or longer as it takes this much time for a scar to mature.

Dr. Funk is a facial plastic surgeon in Houston who specializes in scar revision and facial reconstruction. Dr. Funk sees patients from Houston, Sugarland, Spring Cypress, and Katy.

Rhinoplasty or Nose Job makes you younger

Rhinoplasty or cosmetic nose surgery can provide the appearance of youth. A recent study by my mentor and fellowship director in Toronto has shown that patients do appear younger when a nasal hump is removed during rhinoplasty or the nasal tip is rotated great than 10 degrees.

As a rhinoplasty surgeon I have seen this countless times in my patients. As our face does over time, our nose ages as well. Ligaments in the nose become weaker and we lose elasticity in our skin and soft tissues. This is the perceived reason one may believe the nose “grows” as we age. The nose does not grow but the tip might droop giving the appearance of a nasal hump and a longer or “bigger” nose.

I have noticed that after nose surgery, many of my patients appear more youthful and rejuvenated despite only having rhinoplasty performed. This is an added benefit of rhinoplasty in addition to providing a more well balanced appearance and functional improvement.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty surgeon or nose surgeon in Houston, TX treating patients from Katy, Sugarland, Houston, and Spring Cypress.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rhinoplasty for Nasal Valve Collapse

Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is a common procedure used to treat the nasal valve. The nasal valve is an area inside the nose of highest resistance to airflow. Whether it be due to a deviated septum, trauma, or weak external cartilage, nasal valve collapse can lead to significant obstruction.

Repair of the nasal valve during rhinoplasty with spreader grafts, batten grafts, and strut grafts are all excellent ways to treat this area. These are common grafts I use during functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty to maintain and enhance the function of the nose.

Dr. Funk is a Houston facial plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. He sees patients from Houston, Katy, Sugarland, and Spring/Cypress.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rhinoplasty for a Bulbous Tip

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery for a bulbous nasal tip is the only way to create a more refined nose. The bulbosity of the nasal tip is typically due to excessive width to the cartilage, excessive “spring” to the cartilage making them bowed, or cartilages that are spaced too far apart or don’t have definition.

In addition, a bulbous tip can be due to thick nasal tip skin. This, in addition to the cartilage, is frequently the case in ethnic noses such as those seen in African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.

Treating the bulbous tip with rhinoplasty or a nose job is done by removing small edges of the cartilage to refine them and using suturing techniques to create a sharper but yet natural nasal tip. Sometimes, cartilage grafts are necessary to create a more refined nasal tip in patients. Lastly, thinning of the nasal tip skin may be necessary for thick-skinned patients.

Dr. Funk is a Houston facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty treating patients from Houston, Katy, Sugarland, Spring, Cypress, and Clear Lake.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Treating Runner’s Face

Runner’s face is the new term being used for the facial appearance many avid endurance athletes such as long-distance runners attain. There is typically a hollowed-out cheek area and a more prominent bony anatomy due to the loss of facial fat.

This gaunt appearance can be combated with facial fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane. In addition, fat injection can also play a longer-term role to treat Runner’s Face. Seek a trained surgeon or injector to obtain the result you want.

Dr. Funk is a Houston Plastic Surgeon specializing in the face and neck exclusively. He sees patients from Houston, Katy, Sugarland, Clear Lake, Spring, and Cypress.