Monday, March 25, 2013

Nose surgery or nose job for wide alar base

Rhinoplasty or a nose job for ethnic patients is a commonly performed procedure in patients with a wide base of the nose or enlarged nostrils. Alar base reduction is a technique to reduce the width of the base and to reduce alar flare. The scars from this type of nose surgery are well hidden in the alar-facial crease and in the nasal sill. This should not reduce airflow as long as the external nasal valve is kept patent.

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

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Torn earlobe repair and earlobe piercing

A torn earlobe or slit earlobe is a nuisance to many women who want to wear their earrings but cannot due to the earring pulling the piercing too low in the case of the slot or slit earlobe or the piercing being completely torn. A torn earlobe is repaired by removing the skin on the inside of the tear or slit and sewing these edged together. Complete healing will take 6-8 weeks at which time the earlobe may be repierced. Dr. Funk performed torn earlobe repair in the office under local anesthesia.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Nose surgery or nose job for a boxy tip

A boxy or bulbous nasal tip is one of the many reasons to seek rhinoplasty, aka nose surgery or a nose job. This type of nasal tip anatomic variant is typically due to the shape of the cartilage located in the tip. This cartilage may be convex in nature and may need to be refined with tip defining sutures, cartilage grafts, or careful and conservative reshaping of the cartilage. One thing to keep in mind is that rhinoplasty for a boxy tip or any part of the nose is like a puzzle. If you change one aspect of the nose, you will likely need to change others such as the bridge, nostrils or nasal bones.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty or nose surgeon in Houston, Texas.