Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rhinoplasty for a Hanging Columella

The columella is the area that separates the two nostrils. This area may be elongated or “hanging” leading to a displeasing appearance of the nose both on frontal view and profile. A hanging columella can be caused by an elongated septum, excess nasal tip cartilage, or excess skin inside the nose. Rhinoplasty or a nose job can improve the appearance of a hanging columella by addressing the cause of the issue accordingly.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty specialist in Houston, TX.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Can I Have Nose Surgery and Sinus Surgery together?

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery to correct a cosmetic concern such as a hanging columella, bulbous tip, nasal hump, or crooked nose can be performed concomitantly for patients in which sinus surgery is indicated. Many of my rhinoplasty patients have functional breathing issues caused by a deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, nasal allergies, or valve collapse. This can be corrected while improving cosmesis with septoplasty, valve repair, and/or turbinate reduction. This is considered nasal surgery.

Sinus surgery, or more specifically endoscopic sinus surgery, is a procedure indicated for patients with chronic sinusitis or nasal polyps in which the opening between the sinuses in the cheeks, forehead, and between the eyes is widened so that these sinuses can drain mucus more easily into the nose. This is done with a small camera and small instruments through the nostrils. This can be done at the same time of rhinoplasty or cosmetic nose surgery.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX and sees patients from Houston, Katy, Memorial, Clear Lake, Spring and Cypress.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nose surgery or Rhinoplasty to Correct a Deviated Septum

Septoplasty can be performed to correct a deviated septum during rhinoplasty or nose job surgery. A deviated septum can result from passage through the vaginal canal at birth with forceps delivery, pubescent growth, or trauma. The septum is composed of cartilage and bone and correcting a deviated septum involves removing the deviated portions of the septum while leaving sufficient cartilage and bone for support. Sometimes, the cartilage that is left in the septum still remains deviated and scoring or bone grafting (from the bony septum) is necessary to keep the cartilage straight. Frequently, septal cartilage is used for grafting of the nose and these deviated pieces of cartilage are what are used for cartilage grafts.

Dr. Funk is a double board certified ear, nose, and throat surgeon, and facial plastic surgeon. He is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.