Sunday, April 29, 2012

Packing after Nose Surgery or Nose Job

Many of my patients have asked if I use packing inside the nose after their nose surgery or nose job. Nasal packing can be quite uncomfortable and cause significant pressure for the patient after rhinoplasty.

I, therefore, do not pack the nose after surgery. Rarely, a patient may have significant bleeding during the procedure and I may elect to pack the nose at the completion of the surgery to avoid future bleeding.

However, typically, the nose remains unpacked and the patient seems to have less discomfort because of this.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, Texas.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Recovery after Facelift

Recovery after a facelift depends on the type of lift done and the extent of dissection. Patients who are typically over 60 require more advanced facelift techniques such as the extended SMAS and deep plane facelift. These types of lifts address the mid-face, jowls, jawline, and neck.

Typically, recovery after an advanced facelift is 2-3 weeks. Bruising and swelling should be resolved by 2 weeks and you are completely “social” at 3 weeks.

A short scar facelift or mini facelift for younger patients in their 40’s or early 50’s is not advanced of a technique and will not be as long-lasting of a lift. Recovery from these types of facelifts is typically 1-2 weeks.

Dr. Funk is a facelift expert in Houston specializing in the deep plane facelift and vertical facelift.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty or a nose job is a type of surgery that is not particularly painful but can be uncomfortable. My patients rarely need to take much of their narcotic medication but describe the first two days after surgery as having more discomfort than pain.

Your nose will feel congested the first few days and once the swelling settles, it will improve. Recovery from nose surgery typically takes anywhere between 6-10 days. Most if not all of your bruising should be resolved by then and you are actually quite “social” at this stage. Full work out routine and exercise may be resumed at 2 weeks after surgery. The recovery from rhinoplasty for the cosmetic aspect of the nose and the functional aspect of the nose is quite similar.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty specialist in Houston who treats both the deviated septum and breathing issues in addition to the cosmetic concerns of the patient.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery in Asians

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty in the Asian community has different aesthetic and anatomic concerns. The Northern Asian eyelid (China, Korea, Japan) has different anatomic features that the Caucasion or Southern Asian (Thai, Phillipine, Vietnamese) eyelid.

The upper eyelid crease is typically much lower and there is a small layer of fat between the skin and the muscle in the Northern Asian eyelid. There may also be an epicanthal fold medially. Aesthetically, many patients desire “westernization” of their upper eyelid and create a new crease more superior to the original one. Ablation of the epicanthal fold may also be desired depending on the anatomy and the patient.

Similar to Caucasion cosmetic eyelid surgery, the fat is trimmed and excess skin is resected.

Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon who is an eyelid surgery specialist in Houston.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Does a facelift include the neck?

The term facelift is somewhat of a misnomer. As far as I am concerned, if you desire a facelift for your jowls or loose facial skin, you likely need your neck addressed as well. That is to say, you likely have significant laxity in your neck skin and may have submental or neck fullness that needs to be addressed.

A facelift should really be termed a face and neck lift. It truly should address the face and neck effectively. It should improve the appearance of the jowls, neck muscle banding, face and neck skin laxity, and submental or neck fullness from fat herniation.

Recovery from a face and neck lift is typically 2-3 weeks.

Dr. Funk is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in facelift and neck lift procedures in Houston, TX.