Thursday, March 30, 2017

Eyelid surgery recovery

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a common procedure that can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia. Upper eyelid surgery can even be done under straight local anesthesia.

Recovery after eyelid surgery for upper eyelid surgery is typically 5-6 days. Many patients can resume regular, non-exertional activities the following day. Upper eyelid stitches are removed day 6.

Recovery after lower eyelid bag surgery is typically 7-10 days. There is a little more swelling and bruising with lower eyelid surgery but most patients are social 7-10 days after lower blepharoplasty.

Dr. Funk is a top plastic surgeon for eyelid surgery in Houston.

Rhinoplasty to build bridge

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery to build the nasal bridge is frequently performed in ethnic rhinoplasty. This is a common procedure for Asian rhinoplasty or African American rhinoplasty. Frequently, with ethnic noses, the bridge or dorsum is low and needs to be built up. This can be done using different types of grafts or synthetic materials. Rib cartilage can be used to build up a patient’s nasal dorsum or bridge. This could be the patient’s own rib or cadaver rib during the rhinoplasty. Ear cartilage and septal cartilage after septoplasty can also be used to build up the bridge during ethnic rhinoplasty. Lastly, Goretex, medpore, or silicone implants have been used to build up a patient’s bridge as well.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rhinoplasty and breast augmentation

I have performed combination surgery with other plastic surgeons for rhinoplasty and breast augmentation. Rhinoplasty can be performed in combination with breast augmentation. Dr. Funk does not perform breast augmentation but has an excellent referral network of plastic surgeons who do excellent work. It is important that if the rhinoplasty is performed first, that the patient is redraped and prepped appropriately to prevent contamination of the implants as breast augmentation is a much more sterile procedure than rhinoplasty.

Dr. Funk is top rhinoplasty surgeon who performs rhinoplasty with other surgeons who perform breast augmentation.

Is Eyelid Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Many of my older patients ask if eyelid surgery is covered by insurance. This is truly dependent on the severity of your peripheral visual field loss which needs to be documented by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This result is then submitted to your insurance and they can determine whether they would cover the cost of your upper eyelid surgery. It is important to note that this is only for upper eyelid surgery and not for lower eyelid bags or lower eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.

At Funk Facial Plastic Surgery, upper eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by your insurance. If you elect to try and get partial reimbursement for your upper eyelid surgery from your insurance, this is something that you would have to do on your own. Funk Facial Plastic Surgery would happily provide you with any of your medical records to be able to proceed with that endeavor.

Dr. Funk is a top plastic surgeon for eyelid surgery in Houston.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Can rhinoplasty fix snoring?

Many of my rhinoplasty patients have functional issues and one of those issues can be snoring. When asked if rhinoplasty can fix snoring, the answer is that it depends. If you have a deviated nasal septum or enlarged turbinates, septoplasty and turbinate reduction may improve if not cure your snoring. However, if you have enlarged tonsils, a long soft palate or uvula, or an enlarged tongue, these could be the cause of your snoring as well. Rhinoplasty can address the functional issues of your nose and allow you to breathe better. If you are breathing more through the nose at night after rhinoplasty and less mouth breathing, the structures in the back of the throat that vibrate and lead to snoring will vibrate less. This will lead to less snoring or no snoring.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.