Saturday, August 26, 2017

Should I have a straight profile or a slope with rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is the second most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. Many of our Houston patients who are interested in rhinoplasty have a certain goal or idea for their appearance. It is important to perform the rhinoplasty digital imaging with your surgeon so you have a good communication with him/her as to what you want.

Aesthetics are very subjective and you surgeon should respect your desires for your nose. Although the surgeon may make recommendations based on your facial architecture, ethnic background, and their own aesthetic opinion, ultimately, you should have a choice if you desire a straight profile, a gentle curve to the bridge of your nose, or a more sloped nose.

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rhinoplasty for a bulbous tip

After a dorsal hump, a bulbous tip is the most common complaint from patients seeking rhinoplasty. Bulbous tips are typically due to the shape of the nasal tip cartilage being too broad, wide, or bowed. There are many different ways to refine the nasal tip by removing cartilage, reshaping cartilage with sutures or stitches, and using cartilage grafts from the septum.

With many ethnic rhinoplasty patients, the broad nasal tip or bulbous tip may be due to thick nasal tip skin. This skin can be defatted and debulked to provide a more refined and narrowed nasal tip. However, ethnic rhinoplasty patients with thick nasal tip skin must understand that their tip can never look as refined as someone’s of Northern European heritage.

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rhinoplasty for Out of Houston Patients

Many of rhinoplasty patients come from outside of Houston from places such as The Woodlands, Corpus Christi, and Harlingen. They come to Houston to seek rhinoplasty as they may not feel that they can identify the expertise needed for rhinoplasty surgery in these locations. One of the common questions I get from out of town rhinoplasty patients is when will they need to see me postoperatively. Patients will typically spend the night in Houston the night prior to their rhinoplasty surgery, especially if they are the first surgery at 7am. Patients who live more than a 3 hour drive away should plan on spending their first night in Houston and head home the following day. I typically see patients 5-7 days postoperatively to remove the cast and stitches from rhinoplasty and retape the nose. At this point, the patients can go home and come back to see me 2-4 days later to remove the tape, or they can remove the tape on their own at home. I then typically see patients at one month, three months, 6 months, and 1 year.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Texas.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Are my nostrils flared or too wide?

Many of my Houston patients coming in for rhinoplasty consultation or ethnic rhinoplasty consultation are concerned about their wide nostrils or what they typically describe as flared nostrils. The terminology here can be confusing. Wide nostrils or ala are basically ala that insert onto the face at a wide distance. In the caucasian female, the nostrils width should lie within the medial corner of each eye. Obviously this may look too pinched with male rhinoplasty or ethnic rhinoplasty patients such as Asian or African-American. Flared nostrils are nostrils that curve out excessively from the insertion onto the cheek/upper lip junction. There are different methods of addressing wide nostrils and curved nostrils which is why it is essential to differentiate the two when performing rhinoplasty.

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rhinoplasty Cost

Rhinoplasty cost for Houston will vary when compared to rhinoplasty cost for other parts of the country. Ultimately, the cost for rhinoplasty will depend on the complexity of the procedure. Revision rhinoplasty is typically more expensive as it is a more difficult procedure with more work that would need to be done. Ethnic rhinoplasty where the nostrils may need to be brought in or the bridge built up with rib cartilage or other materials may require more complexity and therefore would cost more.

Insurance can be utilized with rhinoplasty if there are functional issues and a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates are addressed with septoplasty and turbinate reduction respectively. This will fray some of the cosmetic fees for rhinoplasty both for the surgeon, facility, and anesthesia.

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