Sunday, June 18, 2017

Under Eye Bags Surgery

Many Houston patients complain of under eye bags, dark circles, or a tired appearance to their eyes in my office. Under eye bags are due to protruding fat that surrounds our eyeball normally to protect it from trauma and grease the muscles around our eyes. Sometimes, we simply need to remove this fat during blepharoplasty and some excess skin. Other times, we may need to remove some fat and mobilize some other fat in order avoid a sunken in appearance or hollowed appearance. Under eye bag surgery or lower blepharoplasty is an intricate operation.

In most cases, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can be approached through the inside of the eye or a transconjunctival approach. This is safer with a smaller risk to the lower eyelid drooping afterwards. An external approach to the fat is sometimes necessary if there are malar bags or malar edema. Then an extended blepharoplasty may be necessary.

Dr. Funk is a a top plastic surgeon in Houston for eyes.

Will rhinoplasty help sleep apnea

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients have issues with breathing through their nose and are heavy mouth breathers at night. They may claim to have snoring issues and their partner may state that they gasp for air or stop breathing. These patients may have sleep apnea. While rhinoplasty truly means changing the shape of the nose, septoplasty or fixing a deviated septum and turbinate reduction for enlarged turbinates is frequently performed at the same time as rhinoplasty. These procedures will improve nasal breathing and snoring but rhinoplasty will not treat sleep apnea.

Now, some of these patients may not have sleep apnea but simply arousals or respiratory disturbance due to snoring. In that case, rhinoplasty will help with their sleep. Some true sleep apnea patients require CPAP and may not tolerate the CPAP mask or the pressure they are on due to a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates. Rhinoplasty with septoplasty, possible valve repair, and turbinate reduction would allow them to tolerate those pressures.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Is rhinoplasty consultation free?

Many who call our office inquire as to whether rhinoplasty consultation is free or if there is a fee. Rhinoplasty is a complicated operation and may be one of the more difficult surgeries in plastic surgery. When seeking nose job surgery or rhinoplasty, it is important to see a surgeon with lots of experience with rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. Just as you would seek advice from any other professional such as an attorney, accountant, or architect, this advice has value. We therefore do believe that the rhinoplasty consultation should not be complimentary but there should be a fee for this consult. With that being said, if you do decide to book your surgery within a week of your consultation, that consultation fee will go towards your surgery.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Is rhinoplasty permanent?

Unlike other cosmetic surgeries such as a facelift, eyelid surgery, or neck lift, rhinoplasty is a permanent surgery. Once the swelling has subsided and everything has healed, the results of rhinoplasty are typically permanent. The nose will not age like the face and eyelids will continue to do. The tip of the nose will not droop over time, if it was sufficiently supported with cartilage grafts, as it would naturally.

If performed properly, rhinoplasty will create a more refined, permanent improvement to the nose.

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Can Rhinoplasty Make My Nose Thinner?

Rhinoplasty can make a nose thinner depending on the nose. Every nose is different and each nose has different cartilage and skin. Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery can narrow the nasal bones with controlled fractures, can narrow the middle vault or cartilage in the center of the nose with stitches or sutures. It can also narrow the tip of the nose with cartilage reshaping, trimming, and suture/stitch techniques to narrow the cartilage. The nostrils can also be narrowed during rhinoplasty and nostril flare can be corrected. Lastly, thick nasal skin can be thinned or defatted during rhinoplasty to provide a thinner nose. Seek a rhinoplasty surgeon with experience to see if rhinoplasty can make a nose thinner.

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