Monday, March 31, 2014

Non Surgical Nose Job

I have had many patients ask me if filler can be used for a nonsurgical nose job. My response to this question is always one of caution and hesitation. The nasal skin is quite thin and, unlike other areas in the face and neck, can be tightly adherent to the underlying cartilage and bone. This can make filler injections over the bridge of the nose look irregular and lumpy. The inside of the nose is a non-sterile place and if the filler comes in contact with the the mucosa, this could lead to an infection of the skin of the nose.

I typically discourage patients from getting injections into their nose and rarely do it myself. Occasionally, if a patient has had a previous rhinoplasty and wants a very small depressed area filled, this is an option. I typically recommend an HA filler like Restylane for this purpose.

It should also be noted that, depending on the filler, this is a temporary solution to enhancing the appearance of the nose. In addition, this will not treat any functional issues the nose may have.

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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Can Rhinoplasty fix Sinus Problems

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery to address the shape of the nose can also improve your breathing by straightening a deviated septum or making turbinates smaller. This will improve your nasal airway and nasal airflow.

If you suffer from nasal allergies, you will likely continue to be allergic to the same substances after your nose surgery. However, making the turbinates smaller, will not allow the allergic response to be as severe. You will not have as much congestion with bad allergies after turbinate reduction.

That being said, rhinoplasty will not improve or reduce the amount of sinus infections you have. Many of my patients who come see me for rhinoplasty or a nose job have repeated sinus infections as well. Based on your history and results of your CAT scan, you may be a candidate for sinus surgery in addition to your rhinoplasty. Sinus surgery can be performed at the same time of rhinoplasty. With sinus surgery, the opening between the sinus and nasal airway is widened allowing the mucus to more easily drain from the sinus and prevent future sinus infections.

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rhinoplasty and Chin implant

Rhinoplasty, or nose job surgery, is designed to reshape the nose. On profile, there should be good balance between the nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead. This should create facial harmony and good proportion. At times, patients may have a recessed chin and a nose that sticks out too far. There is only so much nose surgery can do to provide that right balance. Sometimes, in addition to bringing in the projection of the nasal tip in, adding a chin implant can truly create that right harmony for the face. I frequently perform silastic chin implants on many of my rhinoplasty patients.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, TX.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Is Rhinoplasty a Major Surgery?

Cosmetic Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty is an elective outpatient procedure. This means that you will be able to go home about 1-2 hours after your surgery is completed and you have awakened from anesthesia. Rhinoplasty does require general anesthesia and typically takes about 2 hours. Therefore, you must be able to tolerate this type of anesthesia and not have medical problems that would prevent you from proceeding with surgery. Recovery after nose surgery is typically 6-8 days.

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

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Should I have a nose job?

The decision to have nose surgery or rhinoplasty to change the shape of the nose is a personal one. The majority of my patients will tell me that they “never liked their nose for as long as they can remember”. If you are constantly noticing your nose in photographs and finding yourself wanting to take repeat photos to get the right one which doesn’t make your nose look too big or crooked, you may be a good candidate for a nose job. If you find yourself constantly commenting or noting models’ and actors’ noses as opposed to their lips, hair, or eyes, you may have some insecurities about your nose. Your feelings about your nose may wax and wane as the years progress, but in the end, they will always be there.

The decision as to whether to have nose surgery is ultimately yours and should not be significantly influenced by family and friends. Their input and support is always helpful throughout the process, but the final decision is one for you to make.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, TX.