Monday, March 26, 2018

Rhinoplasty and Taping

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients will ask if continued taping after rhinoplasty will improve swelling. I have had patients in the past tape their noses at night and saw very little improvement in swelling. Taping requires firm tape with adhesive. This is not very feasible for most patients each day. I found that time, massage, and possible steroid injection after rhinoplasty are the best remedy for persistent swelling.

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

Will Rhinoplasty change my voice?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients frequently ask if rhinoplasty will change their voice. If septoplasty or turbinate reduction is performed at the same time as rhinoplasty, then the nasal airway may improve and this may lead to a less nasally voice. Sinus surgery or opening the windows to the sinuses will create better resonance for the voice and may improve for singing purposes. Overall however, rhinoplasty will not change the voice much.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Revision rhinoplasty and scar tissue

Scar tissue with revision rhinoplasty is a complex issue effecting the appearance of the nose. The wound healing process can be quite difficult to predict with revision rhinoplasty due to the fact that the blood supply to the skin may have been interrupted, especially with a previous open rhinoplasty approach. The nose may heal differently also due to significant scar tissue that may have been left behind with a previous rhinoplasty surgery. This scar tissue surrounds and envelops the existing or remaining nose cartilage and makes it more difficult to reshape and work with. There is then a new layer of scar tissue healing over that old layer which makes things even more unpredictable. Due to the scar tissue with revision rhinoplasty, the patient must understand that another nose surgery will provide improvement only. The nose may never be “perfect”.

Dr. Funk is a top revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.