Saturday, September 26, 2015

What are the turbinates in nose surgery?

The turbinates are structures that humidify and moisten the air as it passes through the nose. There are 3 on each side of the nose, but the inferior turbinates are the ones that cause most of the congestion and reaction with allergies. These turbinates are the ones that are most often reduced during nose surgery or rhinoplasty.

In Houston, more of the turbinates can be reduced during rhinoplasty due to the humid climate. In colder climates where the air is dryer, turbinate reduction needs to be more conservative.

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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Will rhinoplasty change my smile?

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery frequently includes septoplasty to correct a deviated septum or obtain cartilage for grafting purposes. This aspect of rhinoplasty can lead to some swelling and tightness of the upper lip which makes the smile feel tight with less teeth show….initially. As this swelling subsides after rhinoplasty, the smile will return to normal. This will typically take at least 3 weeks to occur but can last for as long as 6-12 weeks.

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

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Can rhinoplasty fix a crooked nose?

Rhinoplasty, or nose job surgery, is frequently a surgery utilized to fix a crooked nose. This is one of the most common reasons for male rhinoplasty as frequently a complaint with female rhinoplasty patients. Some patients are not aware that their nose is even crooked until I have taken their frontal rhinoplasty photograph during consultation and reviewed this with them.

The crooked nose is one of the hardest noses to make and keep perfectly straight. Numerous things must be taken into consideration during rhinoplasty for the crooked nose. Are the nasal bones crooked? Is there a nasal bone fracture? Is the external cartilage framework of the nose deviated? Is there a deviated septum? All these things must be corrected appropriately in order to establish a perfectly straight nose and keep the nose straight during rhinoplasty.

One must also remember that cartilage has memory. If you sleep with your ear bent forward overnight, it will pop right back into place. The nose cartilage wants to do the same thing. Of course during rhinoplasty, the deviated cartilage can be weakened, grafts placed to strengthen it, and stitches or sutures to change the shape. Despite all this, the nose may be perfectly straight on the table, but long term, one can only promise a STRAIGHTER nose as the cartilaginous memory may cause the nose to lose a little correction.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston Texas.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Can I have a Facelift with Rhinoplasty?

Many patients are unsure if multiple procedures can be performed at the same time on the face. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is frequently done in conjunction with a facelift or neck lift. Rhinoplasty, or nose job surgery can also be done with other facial plastic procedures such as brow lift, lower eyelid bags surgery, or even a facelift.

Some patients simply want one recovery time for facial plastic surgery. However, the more procedures performed, the longer you, as the patient, will be under anesthesia. It is imperative that the patient is medically capable of undergoing prolonged anesthesia for these types of procedures.

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