Monday, February 29, 2016

Crooked nose after rhinoplasty

One of the most common complaints after rhinoplasty that I receive from my revision rhinoplasty patients is that they still have a crooked nose or their nose is now crooked after rhinoplasty. Fixing a crooked nose with revision rhinoplasty can be quite difficult. An assessment of why the nose is crooked is essential. Whether the nasal bones are crooked or the cartilage lost some correction after nasal surgery must be evaluated.

Fixing a crooked nose can be quite difficult as cartilage has memory and wants to move back towards its original position. Fixing a crooked nose after rhinoplasty is even more difficult as the cartilage is now surrounded by scar tissue and weaker making manipulation and shape changing quite challenging.

When seeking revision rhinoplasty for a crooked nose, it is essential to obtain consultation from a well-trained and well-experienced professional who has performed many rhinoplasties.

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

Monday, February 15, 2016

Why is a nose job called rhinoplasty?

The term rhinoplasty stems from the latin root rhino which refers to the nose and plasty, which means to shape. Just like many terms such as blepharoplasty, genioplasty, or platysmaplasty mean to shape these areas. I have found that those most people interested in rhinoplasty and have done some research on the topic, know to refer to the term “rhinoplasty”. However, people who are not well-versed, may refer to the surgery as the proverbial “nose job”. There is such a thing as functional rhinoplasty where you are changing the airway by utilizing a rhinoplasty approach. However, the majority of the time, rhinoplasty is in reference to changing nasal shape.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Should I Get a Nose Job Quiz?

I recently came upon a website that presents a set of questions entitled, should I get a nose job quiz. After reviewing the questions, it seems this quiz asks questions to get you thinking about whether you need a rhinoplasty. Do you feel you have a large nose? Do people comment on your nose a lot? Do people mention that you need a nose job?

These questions can be helpful for someone debating about whether to have rhinoplasty as they truly allow you to sit down and reflect about your nose. Whether the quiz tells you that you need a nose job or not is irrelevant. Ultimately, rhinoplasty is a decision you have to make and the best rhinoplasty surgeon for you should be researched thoroughly.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty or nose job surgeon in Houston, TX.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Rhinoplasty and Scars

Depending upon whether you are having an open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty approach, rhinoplasty does leave scars on the nose. With open rhinoplasty, a small inverted V or stair step incision is placed in the columella (the skin between the two nostrils). If closed properly, this leaves minimal to no scar.

If you and your facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon feel that your nostrils are too wide, you may be a candidate for alar base reduction, or nostril width reduction. These incisions may vary. I regularly place them in the nostril sill (the floor of the nostril), and then an incision is made along the junction of the ala and the cheek about 0.5mm above the crease. This is the incision that must be closed meticulously or a scar may be apparent, especially in thick skinned patients.

All of these incisions and subsequent scars are placed in a shadowed area that is rarely visible unless closely inspected. At 6 months to a year these rhinoplasty scars are almost imperceptible. Even under close inspection in women, with a little bit of foundation, they are not identified.

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