Friday, July 21, 2017

Ethnic rhinoplasty and nostril size

During ethnic rhinoplasty, the nostril size is frequently reduced. There are a few important aspects of the nostrils that should be discussed in regards to ethnic rhinoplasty. The width of the nostrils can be brought in with small triangular excision of skin at the sill or floor of the nose. If the nostrils have flare, then a small wedge of skin can be removed from the alar-facial groove. Combined, these two maneuvers can create narrower, more refined, and smaller nostrils during ethnic rhinoplasty.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Will rhinoplasty change my lips?

Some of my Houston Texas rhinoplasty patients express concern about changes to their upper lip with rhinoplasty. They are concerned that if their nasal tip is rotated, they may have a larger gap between their nose and upper lip. This is not true. Their will not be a larger gap after rhinoplasty, but that area of the upper lip will be less shadowed in photographs and with overhead light. Rhinoplasty with septoplasty to correct a deviated septum may lead to a tight upper lip with smiling for the first few weeks after surgery but this will settle over time.

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Is eyelid surgery covered by Medicare?

Many older patients who have sagging upper eyelids or heavy eyelids wonder if eyelid surgery is covered by Medicare. Although you may feel you have some trouble with peripheral vision, this has to be proven by an ophthlamologist documenting peripheral visual fields loss and approved by your insurance company or medicare in order to proceed with upper eyelid surgery.

At Funk Facial Plastic Surgery, we do not accept insurance for upper eyelid surgery as we do not measure peripheral visual fields and feel that upper eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure predominantly to improve the appearance of the eyes and provide a more rested, refreshed look.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston, TX.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Scars after rhinoplasty

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients are ethnic rhinoplasty patients and have darker pigmented skin and are concerned about the appearance of scars after rhinoplasty. The majority of rhinoplasty that I perform is an open approach rhinoplasty which will leave a small scar in between the nostrils under the nose. This scar is almost completely imperceptible, even when lifting up the chin and I rarely have a patient complain about it.

Those ethnic rhinoplasty patients who have wide nostrils, flared nostrils, or a wide nasal base may require reduction in nostril size or alar base reduction. These incisions are inside the nostrils sill and a the nostril cheek/lip junction. These scars may take a little longer to heal after rhinoplasty but eventually settle nicely in a shaded region of the nose and within these creases. Patients can cover the scars with makeup two weeks after rhinoplasty and by 3-6 months, those scars should be fairly well hidden even without makeup.

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