Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rhinoplasty and Chin Implant

Frequently, a combination surgery of rhinoplasty and chin implant is performed to provide better harmony and balance to the face on profile. If the nose projects out too far off the face and the chin is recessed, this creates an imbalance in the face and unfavorable proportions. Shortening the nasal tip with rhinoplasty or nose job surgery and bringing the chin out with a chin implant or chin augmentation will improve the balance of the face.

Most of the chin implants used are made of solid silicone and preshaped to fit around the chin/jaw. The shapes and sizes of chin implants may vary depending on the amount of augmentation which is necessary and what is desired. Men may want more of a squared off chin where women may simply want the chin to come out a little with a recessed jaw but not make the chin/jaw more square or wide.

Dr. Funk has been rated one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Houston, TX.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Will Rhinoplasty Change My Smile?

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is a procedure to change the shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty should not affect one’s smile or change the shape of the smile. Initially however, your smile may feel tight and stiff. This typically occurs for the first 2-3 weeks and then settles down afterwards to your normal feeling smile. Some patients are afraid to smile after rhinoplasty in fear of shifting the nose or moving the nose after nose job surgery. However, if the rhinoplasty is performed properly, then smiling should not affect the changes made to the nose. The upper lip may appear swollen after rhinoplasty but this will also settle after a few weeks.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rhinoplasty and Packing the Nose

A common question from rhinoplasty patients is if I pack the nose. Historically, rhinoplasty surgeons would pack the nose with yards of gauze after nose surgery to prevent bleeding. Removing this packing 2-7 days later was extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant. Later surgeons moved to lighter packing which could be removed the following day. Packing is typically placed in order to stop bleeding to catch any of the blood. The packing places internal pressure on the nose and can lead to significant congestion and pain.

I believe that with proper surgical technique, gentle handling of the nose, and appropriate patient counseling, packing is not necessary after rhinoplasty. I explain to patients that after surgery, they will bleed onto the gauze drip pad underneath their nose and should expect to change this every 5-60 minutes the first day and night. Patients are counseled to relax and rest after rhinoplasty and remain in bed unless going to the bathroom. This will minimize bleeding and therefore make packing unnecessary. Patients then describe the recovery after rhinoplasty as painless with slight discomfort from the surgery.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.