Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Does rhinoplasty help snoring?

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is typically performed to enhance the cosmetic aspects of the nose. However, it is quite common to perform septoplasty for a deviated septum or turbinate reduction for enlarged turbinates at the same time as rhinoplasty. In this case, rhinoplasty can help snoring.

Snoring typically emanates from vibrations of the soft palate or the back of the tongue. If airflow dominates through the mouth, these vibrations can be much stronger than if it is bypassed through the nose. Deviated septum surgery, turbinate reduction, or nasal valve collapse can improve nasal breathing and improve if not cure snoring.

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

Monday, January 18, 2016

Can rhinoplasty be done with local anesthesia?

Rhinoplasty is a complex operation to reshape the nose and improve breathing if necessary. The nose is a very sensitive area of the face with lots of pain receptors. In addition, the nose is very vascular and can bleed quite a bit. When you are laying down, that blood can run into your throat or airway and can lead to aspiration.

It is for these reasons that I recommend rhinoplasty NOT be done with local anesthesia alone, but with general anesthesia. General anesthesia does require a breathing tube to protect the airway as discussed. Local anesthesia will also be used and is injected after you have been put to sleep to help with pain control and minimize bleeding.

Small minor revisions to the nose can be performed sparingly under local anesthesia.

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

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Should I have Revision Rhinoplasty?

Although recovery from rhinoplasty is typically not painful, it can be uncomfortable. Nose job surgery is not the type of surgery you want to have a second time. I always tell my revision rhinoplasty consultations that it takes a lot of courage to come back into the office of a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon for a botched nose job consultation. It’s difficult as you expected a certain outcome and when those expectations are not met, it can be quite frustrating. One can become disenchanted with the whole plastic surgery process and just not desire to make any further changes.

You may have breathing difficulty after nose surgery that requires a revision rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum, valve collapse, or enlarged turbinates. You may also have cosmetic concerns that you would like addressed with revision rhinoplasty. Whether the nose is crooked, there is a residual hump, or it is left too wide, you are not happy with results after rhinoplasty.

It is important to seek a rhinoplasty surgeon with experience, expertise, and the proper qualifications to address your cosmetic and your functional needs (if necessary). A top rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to assess and examine your nose and truly let you know if they feel improvement is possible with your nose. Revision rhinoplasty patients should understand that improvement is the goal with another surgery. Although perfection is always sought by most plastic surgeons, with revision rhinoplasty, improvement has to be accepted.

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

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

Rhinoplasty is considered cosmetic surgery and is therefore not covered by insurance. However, if you have breathing issues due to a deviated nasal septum, valve collapse, or turbinate hypertrophy, a portion of your nose surgery may be covered by insurance.

Utilizing your insurance may fray your facility and anesthesia fees. Since insurance will pay the facility and anesthesia for the functional aspect of your rhinoplasty, their cosmetic fees will be considerably less.

If you do have breathing issues with your nose and are seeking septoplasty for a deviated septum or turbinate reduction for enlarged turbinates or allergies, it is important to seek a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon in Houston with the skills to be able to correct these issues.

Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, ENT, and rhinoplasty expert in Houston.