Thursday, October 30, 2014

Will Rhinoplasty Weaken My Nose?

Many of my nose surgery patients ask if rhinoplasty will weaken your nose. They want to know if they will require another rhinoplasty down the road or if their nose will droop over time after a nose job.

Rhinoplasty actually causes quite the opposite. Having nose surgery will actually build you a nose for life. The use of cartilage grafts and the scarring that occurs will provide more tip support for your nose and not lead to a droopy tip. In fact, some of my patients will state that the tip of their nose may feel stiff initially. This will soften over time and become more pliable.

Rhinoplasty should be performed by someone who understands nasal tip dynamics and how to maintain support of the nose.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What is an Ethnic Nose Job?

Many surgeons tout themselves as experts in ethnic rhinoplasty or nose surgery. We must first ask ourselves what is an ethnic nose? Are people of “ethnicity” limited to African-Americans, Asians, and Hispanics or does this include someone who may be of Indian or Pakistani descent? What about the middle eastern nose or the Persian nose? Well, the majority of rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is actually done in all these “ethnicities” so if you are a rhinoplasty expert you must also be a ethnic rhinoplasty expert. Caucasians of European descent may feel that they have an “ethnic” nose due to a hump or wide nose. This may be due to ancestry that may have been from the Middle East, Far East, or even Africa.

What is most important in rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is to respect a person’s ethnicity and wishes for their nose. Creating a nose that someone of Scandinavian descent may have for a Pakistani woman will look operated and unnatural. A good balance must be attained for each person’s nose. The most important thing about the nose is that it should blend right into the face and not distract from the other features. An operated appearing nose may do that and this may occur if a patient’s ethnicity is not considered by the surgeon.

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Septoplasty with a Nose Job?

Septoplasty is commonly performed with rhinoplasty surgery. Cartilage from the septum is frequently required for grafting purposes during rhinoplasty.

Septoplasty is surgery to correct a deviated septum. The septum is composed of cartilage in the front and bone in the back. During septoplasty, the pink skin surrounding the cartilage and bone is elevated to expose the deviated portions and these are removed. The straight bridge and front of the cartilaginous septum is left in place for support of the nose. The pink skin is then sewn back together.

Septoplasty should be performed by someone with experience in nasal surgery.

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

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Which Facelift is Right for me?

When searching for the proper facial rejuvenation surgery for you, it is important to understand what each type of facelift may do for you. Depending on what you want addressed most, different facelifts do different things.

If you are in your 40’s and are most concerned about minimal jowling and some loose skin along the jawline, you may consider a short scar facelift or mini facelift. The incisions are only in front of the ears and the neck is not addressed. Recovery is typically 10 days.

If you are in your 50’s or 60’s and have laxity not just in the jawline or jowls, but loose neck skin with banding or a heavy neck, a face and neck lift will likely be necessary. This may be a SMAS lift or deep plane facelift depending on your anatomy and surgeon preference.

Most important is to seek an experienced face and neck lift surgeon who can provide you with the facelift that will be right for you and ultimately attain the most aesthetically pleasing and natural result.

Dr. Funk is a facelift surgeon in Houston, TX.