Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Anesthesia with Rhinoplasty

Many patients want to know what type of anesthesia is used with rhinoplasty or nose job surgery. The majority the time a general anesthesia with a breathing tube is used for rhinoplasty. This is done to assure the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure and to protect the airway. During rhinoplasty, the nose will bleed and this blood could enter the airway if it is unprotected leading to aspiration and possible pneumonia. By performing nose surgery under general anesthesia with a breathing tube, not only is the patient more comfortable, but the airway is protected and there is less risk for aspiration.

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

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.