Monday, September 30, 2013

Chin Implant Provides Facial Balance

A chin implant with rhinoplasty or nose surgery can create more balance and harmony on a patient’s profile. A weaker chin can create the appearance of a prominent nose and significant disproportion of the face.

I like to use a shorter anatomic implant in most women so as not to create a more square jawline but simply augment the projection of the chin on profile. In men, I typically use an extended or longer anatomic implant to create a stronger and more square jawline while at the same time increasing the projection of the chin on profile.

A chin implant is easily inserted through a small incision under the chin where the scar hides easily. This can be done under local anesthesia or sedation. Recovery is typically 6 days.

Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rhinoplasty or Nose Job Experience

Last week, I saw a patient 8 days after rhinoplasty or nose job. This patient never liked her nose and had contemplated rhinoplasty for close to 20 years. I removed the patient’s stitches and suctioned the inside of the nose. After removing the tape and cleaning the adhesive off the nose, I handed the patient a mirror. I forewarned her that there was still considerable swelling at this stage but that she would be able to appreciate the change made. The patient looked into the mirror and began weeping and becoming emotional. She stated that this was the nose she had always envisioned that she had. She was ecstatic and extremely appreciative.

These are the moments that make my work so gratifying. Nothing could be more fulfilling than a happy patient and recognizing the changes made in peoples’ lives. It always amazes me that sometimes, making a small change, such as in someone’s nose, can have such a positive effect on them.

Dr Funk is a Houston facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Deviated Septum Surgery and Rhinoplasty

A deviated septum can lead to significant nasal airway obstruction. Septoplasty or surgery for a deviated septum removes the deviated portions of cartilage and bone leaving enough cartilage for support of the bridge and nasal tip.

Septoplasty is a common operation that is frequently combined with rhinoplasty, sinus surgery, and turbinate reduction. This surgery can be straightforward with mild to moderate deviations and more complex with severe deviations or revision surgery.

If you are considering septoplasty in combination with a rhinoplasty or nose job, it is essential to seek a surgeon well trained and board certified in both procedures.

Dr. Funk is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and ENT surgeon in Houston, TX.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Nose surgery later in life

Many believe that a nose job or rhinoplasty is only for the teenage girl or young woman in her 20’s or 30’s. However, many of my rhinoplasty patients are well into their 50’s or 60’s.

These are patients that may have never liked their nose since their youth and just never had the opportunity to address it. Some may have become fed up with their difficulty breathing and decided that they may as well make some cosmetic improvements at the same time as fixing their deviated septum. I recently performed surgery on a girl in her late teens and after seeing the results, her aunt in her late 40’s also decided to have a rhinoplasty.

I believe that as long as you are medically capable of handling anesthesia for a nose surgery, there is no age limit for rhinoplasty. Some of my happiest patients, both functionally and cosmetically, are my older rhinoplasty patients.

Dr. Funk is a nose surgery specialist in Houston, TX.