Monday, October 31, 2016

Plastic surgeon reviews

Online reviews about a rhinoplasty surgeon or facelift surgeon are helpful to obtain an idea of patient satisfaction. However, it is important to note that online reviews may only be a fraction of that surgeon’s patients’ experiences. Cosmetic surgery is a very subjective field and results may differ from one person to the next depending on taste, perception, or desires for someone’s own results. Even though a result may seem outstanding to the surgeon, patient’s family and friends and outside observers, the patient may never be satisfied with a result as their expectations may not be achievable.

Reviews should be utilized and are most helpful to readers to understand that surgeon’s philosophy, the experience, recovery, and overall satisfaction with things.

Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston, TX.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When can I have a revision rhinoplasty?

A common question when patients call my office for an appointment is when can they have a revision rhinoplasty after having an unsatisfactory result with another surgeon. The answer here is that it depends. Revision rhinoplasty is a complex operation that requires planning and preparation. It is imperative that the nose has healed from the first surgery and most of the swelling has resolved so there is a baseline to start. If the nose is still healing from the first surgery and an attempt at revision rhinoplasty is performed, there will be two healing processes ongoing making the ultimate results less predictable. In addition, if there is still significant swelling of the nose, the baseline of how the nose appears will not allow the surgeon to correct the proper issues effectively. Typically, most of the swelling is resolved by six months for the bridge, nasal bones, and middle of the nose. However, the tip of the nose has the thickest skin and may take 1-2 years for all the swelling to subside in this region.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eye bag surgery

Many of my Houston patients come in desiring eye bag surgery or lower blepharoplasty. Bags under the eyes are due to protrusion of fat that surrounds the eyeball. This excess fat can either be removed or repositioned into the groove that lies below the bag which appears like a dark circle. This dark circle is typically due to the shadowed effect the bag creates from light emanating from above. Lower eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can be performed transconjunctival, through the inside pink portion of the eye or through the skin. This is typically a surgeon’s preference.

Dr. Funk is double board certified in facial plastic surgery and performs many eyelid surgeries or blepharoplasty in Houston.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Non Surgical Nose Job Houston

Many of my Houston patients call asking if I perform a non surgical nose job or rhinoplasty. This is somewhat of an oxymoron as a nose job or rhinoplasty is actual surgery. These patients are desiring changes to the shape of their nose using fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Radiesse. This should be described more as non surgical nose reshaping.

Filler to the nose can be used to fill the areas below or above a nasal hump to give the illusion of a straighter profile or bridge of the nose. But make no mistake, this will make your nose bigger! Fillers to the nose will not address any functional or breathing issues you may have. They will not refine the nasal tip or narrow the nose at all. They may cause scarring that would make future surgery more difficult. They are temporary.

Fillers to the nose do have place after surgery if there is a minor depression or imperfection that needs to be touched up. This is a practical option for injecting fillers into the nose.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty doctor in Houston.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Scars for alar base reduction or narrowing nostrils

Many patients are concerned about the scars for alar base reduction or bringing in the nostrils. There are numerous reasons this area around the nostrils scar more than usual. The majority of patients that require alar base reduction or narrowing of the nostrils are ethnic patients with thicker skin. Thicker skin and darker pigmented skin in Asians or African Americans will scar more than Caucasian patients just simply due to their skin type. When performing a nasal base reduction, a small amount of skin/tissue is removed and the nostril is brought in to be made smaller. This requires movement and rearrangement of the nostril, placing the closure under a little more tension than just closing an incision or laceration. This leads to a little more scarring. By creating a tension free closure with deep sutures or stitches of the nostril, the scar will be minimized. Regardless, it does take several weeks for the scar to improve from alar base reduction.

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