Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Will rhinoplasty change your lips?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients are concerned about changes to the other aspects of their face after rhinoplasty. When performing rhinoplasty, especially when a septoplasty for a deviated septum is involved, the upper lip can become swollen postoperatively. After rhinoplasty, your smile will feel tight and there will initially be less teeth show with your smile. This is temporary and typically due to swelling. This issue should resolve within 3-6 weeks and your smile and lips should return to normal after rhinoplasty.

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Does eyelid surgery cause dry eye?

Eyelid surgery for upper eyelid hooding/excess upper eyelid skin or for lower eyelid bags is performed by Dr. Funk in Houston often. Patients who have a history of dry eye should be evaluated by their ophthalmologist prior to eyelid surgery to assure they are good candidates and to possibly preemptively begin therapy. Patients who develop newly diagnosed dry eye after blepharoplasty should maintain proper lubrication after surgery and await 2-3 weeks until swelling and tightness resolve. If dry eye persists, than prescription drops or other therapy may be needed.

The best treatment for dry eye with eyelid surgery is preventative by the surgeon. If a patient has a history of dry eye, then skin resection for upper eyelid surgery should be conservative allowing for plenty of skin for eye closure. If the lower lid is lax or weak, then a canthopexy or canthoplasty may be necessary to support the lower eyelid.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston Texas.

Does rhinoplasty cast removal hurt?

For most of my Houston rhinoplasty patients, the first postop visit is usually 6 days after surgery. At this time, some stitches are removed, the nose is suctioned if there was internal work done for a deviated septum or turbinate reduction, and the tape and cast are removed. At Funk Facial Plastic Surgery, we first loosen the adhesive from the tape with an adhesive removing solution. Dr. Funk gently lifts the tape and cast of the nose delicately. Removing the cast after rhinoplasty is not painful. There may be some minor discomfort but no truly no significant pain. The nose is then retaped and this tape is typically removed 2 days later on postoperative day 8.

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why does rhinoplasty cause black eyes?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients ask if they will have black eyes after rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery to change the shape of the nose frequently requires osteotomies. These are controlled fractures of the nasal bones. This is an important maneuver in rhinoplasty especially when removing a nasal hump or dorsal hump. Then nasal bones sit fairly closely to the eyelids and eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body. Bleeding from the osteotomies will cause some bruising of the lower eyelids. This is what may cause the black eyes during rhinoplasty. Younger patients tend to bruise less as there is less capillary fragility and the skin is not as thin as patients who are over 35. However, the majority of patients bruising is resolved by 10 days after rhinoplasty.

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

Saturday, August 4, 2018

What is the cost of eyelid surgery in Houston, Texas?

The cost of eyelid surgery can vary from surgeon to surgeon and depends on the complexity of the eyes and whether upper, lower or both eyelids are done. Upper eyelid surgery is fairly straightforward and surgeons’ fees can range between $2,000-$4,000. Lower eyelid surgery is more complex and there are different ways to perform lower eyelid surgery. Whether you are simply treating lower eyelid bags, dark circles, or excess wrinkles, lower eyelid surgery can be treated with or without a laser. Lower eyelid surgery fees for the surgeon typically range between $2,500 and $4,500.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston Texas.