Sunday, November 22, 2015

Why is Revision Rhinoplasty more Expensive?

Revision rhinoplasty is typically a more complex procedure than primary rhinoplasty and may require additional techniques and maneuvers. Dissection during revision rhinoplasty of the skin from the cartilage can be very difficult as their is a layer of scar tissue that must be traversed. This scar tissue can envelop the cartilage and weaken it significantly.

Septal cartilage may have also been used during original rhinoplasty leading to the need for other sources of cartilage such as ear cartilage or rib cartilage during revision rhinoplasty.

The results of revision rhinoplasty are less predictable than primary rhinoplasty as there will now be a layer of scar tissue formed over the original layer of scar tissue.

Dr. Funk is a revision rhinoplasty expert in Houston.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Is Septoplasty required with rhinoplasty?

Deviated septum surgery or septoplasty can be performed at the same time as rhinoplasty. Frequently, a small amount of septal cartilage is required for rhinoplasty grafting purposes. I have always found that if you are there getting cartilage for the rhinoplasty, you may as well fix the deviated septum. In addition, a deviated septum may cause nostril asymmetry or cause the tip to move towards one side or the other. Fixing the caudal septum or end of the septum will help with this.

This is one of the reasons I feel it is important to seek a facial plastic surgeon or someone with ENT training when looking to get rhinoplasty. If septoplasty needs to be performed, your surgeon should be able to address it at the time of your rhinoplasty.

Dr. Funk performs septoplasty for deviated septum and rhinoplasty in Houston, TX.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What does Rhinoplasty Cost?

One of the last questions my rhinoplasty patients ask is what does rhinoplasty cost? Although this is an important factor when deciding on rhinoplasty, cost can vary based on numerous factors.

Every rhinoplasty surgeon may have different fees depending on their level of rhinoplasty expertise, their years of rhinoplasty experience, or the complexity of the rhinoplasty. A surgeon who performs over 200 rhinoplasty procedures per year will definitely have more experience than one who performs 10-20 per year.

Revision rhinoplasty is a more complex procedure that requires careful planning and a high level of experience. Dealing with the scar tissue and denatured cartilage can be quite difficult and an exacting process.

Insurance may cover rhinoplasty if there are portions of the procedure that will need to be performed for functional purposes. A deviated septum procedure such as septoplasty can be put towards insurance. The same goes for turbinate reduction or valve repair during rhinoplasty. Although insurance will not pay for the cosmetic portions of the procedure, having these aspects covered will fray some of your cometic fees (especially for the facility and anesthesia costs).

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