Sunday, August 28, 2016

Is Revision Rhinoplasty Safe?

When seeking revision rhinoplasty, it is important to seek a rhinoplasty surgeon who is experienced and is comfortable performing revisions. With each revision rhinoplasty, the surgery becomes more difficult as more scar tissue is deposited between the skin and cartilaginous framework. The blood supply to the skin is compromised with each surgery, especially if the skin was thinned during previous rhinoplasty. If an open rhinoplasty approach was performed initially, this can compromise the blood supply even more and potentially lead to possible slight skin sloughing or loss in the supra tip region.

When rhinoplasty is performed, scar tissue will surround and contract around the cartilaginous framework making it much more difficult to shape that cartilage. The cartilage is less malleable and sometimes has just resorbed from the healing process or scar tissue from the previous surgery. This is what can make revision rhinoplasty quite difficult. Ultimately, your surgeon needs to decide if you are a good candidate for surgery and if it the risk is worth the benefit in pursuing revision rhinoplasty.

Dr. Funk is a revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Can Rhinoplasty Help with Snoring?

Snoring is caused by vibrations of the soft palate and base of the tongue in the back of our mouth (both muscles). When we sleep, our muscles become weak and flaccid. When we are primarily mouth breathers at night, these muscles or areas will vibrate.

Improving the nasal airway with rhinoplasty can improve snoring. This can be done with septoplasty for a deviated septum, turbinate reduction for enlarged turbinates, or valve repair for nasal valve collapse. These procedures can all be performed at the time of rhinoplasty. Your snoring should improve or be cured if these procedures are performed properly. However, if you have a large base of tongue or very low redundant soft palate, procedures to these areas may also be needed for your snoring.

Dr. Funk is rated one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Houston.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rhinoplasty and Nostrils

Nostrils size is a common concern for rhinoplasty patients who seek nose job surgery. Ethnic rhinoplasty for large nostrils frequently addresses wide nostrils or a wide base of the nose. Alar base reduction or nostril reduction surgery can not only make the base of the nose narrower but will make the nostrils smaller. The incisions for alar base reduction are made in the nostril sill and around the edge of the nostril where it meets the cheek. These scars are well hidden and eventually fade in these shadowed areas. Alar flare or nostril flare can also be corrected with nostril reduction surgery.

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

Will Rhinoplasty Help My Breathing?

Rhinoplasty may or may not help your breathing depending on what is done and who is doing it. Rhinoplasty combined with septoplasty for a deviated septum and turbinate reduction for enlarged turbinates will help your breathing. This is typically performed by a surgeon who is trained both in rhinoplasty or nose job surgery and nasal airway surgery. These types of surgeons are typically facial plastic surgeons who have completed and are also board certified in ear, nose, and throat surgery. Breathing problems may also be improved with valve correction or opening the nasal valve during rhinoplasty using spreader grafts or batten/strut grafts. Discuss how rhinoplasty can help your breathing with your surgeon.

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