Thursday, June 28, 2018

Scars around nostrils after rhinoplasty

Alar base reduction or nostril reduction is a commonly performed part of rhinoplasty. Many of my Houston ethnic rhinoplasty patients require narrowing of the nostrils for nostril flare and a wide base. Wider nostrils can be seen in Asian rhinoplasty and African American rhinoplasty patients. Narrowing the nostrils can not only address the circumference of the nostril but also the base width or flare of the nostrils. With meticulous closure and proper placement, the scars should be minimal depending on the thickness of one’s skin and pigment.

Dr. Funk commonly performs ethnic rhinoplasty in Houston Texas.

Monday, June 18, 2018

How much does a nose job cost with insurance?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients who call the office have two important questions. Will insurance pay for my nose job and how much does rhinoplasty cost? There is no straightforward answer to these questions as there are many variables that must be taken into consideration.

Firstly, insurance will NOT pay for the cosmetic changes to your nose with rhinoplasty. Taking down a nasal hump, straightening a crooked nose, refining a bulbous tip, narrowing the nostrils, or making the nose smaller are all cosmetic changes that will not be covered by insurance. If you have a deviated septum, chronic sinusitis that requires sinus surgery, enlarged turbinates, or nasal valve collapse, these are things that can be covered by your insurance. However, you must verify your deductible and out of pocket to assure that you have good benefits. Otherwise, utilizing you insurance for the breathing portion of things may INFLATE your cost.

The cosmetic cost of rhinoplasty will vary depending on your surgeon. Surgeons have different levels of experience and some are rhinoplasty experts while others focus more on breast and body surgery. The cost of rhinoplasty may also vary based on geographic region. Lastly, the complexity of your nose will also determine the cost of your rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty is a much more complex surgery that requires great skill and may cost more.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Are photoshop results achievable with rhinoplasty?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients are curious as to how close we can get to a photoshopped rhinoplasty result with surgery. I explain to all my rhinoplasty patients that the digital image result is not reflective of an exact surgical change but allows the patient and I to have a conversation regarding the desired outcome so I get a feel as to what they want and they can get an idea of my aesthetic sense or what I feel is achievable. That being said, I always take the photoshopped image into surgery with me and attempt to replicate this surgically. Digitally altering the frontal view is difficult to mimic a surgical result as there are lots of lights and shadows on a 3-D nose while the digital image is 2-D. These are things to take into account when considering rhinoplasty.

Dr. Funk performs rhinoplasty in Houston Texas.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Is a facelift major surgery?

Facelift surgery can last anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on the type of facelift performed and the experience of the surgeon. Many of my Houston facelift patients are unaware that facelift surgery is a major surgery that requires 2-3 weeks for recovery. A mini facelift with deep plane dissection takes about 3 hours. A face and neck lift with deep plane dissection will take approximately 4 hours. Facelift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Most facelift patients are in their 50’s and 60’s and therefore this amount of hours under anesthesia is considered significant in that age group.

Dr. Funk is a facelift surgeon in Houston, Texas.

Is eyelid surgery painful?

Many of my Houston eyelid surgery patients question the pain associated with eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid surgery is a pretty straightforward procedure requiring minimal downtime and is not a painful procedure at all. Lower eyelid surgery or lower eyelid bags surgery requires a little more downtime, approximately 8-10 days, but also is not a painful procedure. I tell my Houston blepharoplasty patients that eyelid surgery is not painful but patients can expect itchy eyes and slight irritation but not necessarily pain.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston.