Monday, February 11, 2019

Swelling after rhinoplasty

When I sit down for a rhinoplasty consultation with many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients, one of the important aspects is to manage the expectations after surgery. After open rhinoplasty, there is significant swelling to the nose. The profile or side of the nose after rhinoplasty can be appreciated initially. The frontal view however will seem quite wide. This is where the most amount of swelling occurs. The nasal tip takes the longest for swelling to subside as this portion of the nose has the thickest skin. At 3 weeks, 10-15% of swelling should subside. At 6 weeks, 30-40% will settle. However, it may take a full year or even 1.5 years for all the swelling after rhinoplasty to subside. This is especially true for the nasal tip. Of course every nose is different and depending on the skin thickness, amount of work done, and whether you are a revision rhinoplasty will change the progression of the swelling.

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

Will a facelift get rid of wrinkles?

Many of my Houston facelift patients have concerns regarding their jowls, lax neck skin, full neck, or deflated face. The medical term for a facelift is rhytidectomy which literally means removal of wrinkles. A facelift will help significantly with larger deeper wrinkles in the cheeks, neck, and jawline. However, don’t expect it to get rid of fine wrinkles around and under the eyes. The suspension of the SMAS especially with a deep plane facelift will significantly improve jowling, the jawline, and the neck. By tightening and removing the excess skin, the wrinkles in these areas will also become less noticeable.

Dr. Funk performs facelift and neck lift surgery in Houston.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Filler using cannula

Many of my Houston filler injection patients are interested in filler under the eyes and filler in the lips. In the past, these injection were performed using a small needle which could cause trauma, bruising, and swelling to the these vascular and thin skinned areas. Today, by utilizing a cannula for injection of fillers into these areas, there is significantly less bruising and swelling. These types of cannulas have been used in the past for fat injection into the face. Today, Dr. Funk uses these cannulas to minimize bruising, swelling, and pain when using Restylane or Juvederm for the tear trough and lips.

Dr. Funk is a facial plastic surgeon performing filler injection in Houston.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Eyelid Surgery for Droopy Eyes

When I discuss droopy eyes with my Houston eyelid surgery patients this is typically referring to the upper eyelids. As we mature, we lose elasticity and collagen in our skin. The eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body and therefore demonstrates these features first in our 30’s. Upper eyelid surgery removes the excess eyelid skin and hooding of the upper eyelid. This is a straightforward procedure frequently done under light sedation or even local anesthesia only. It is a very tolerable surgery with little to no pain. Sutures are removed 1 week after surgery and many patients are up and mobile with sunglasses the following day after surgery.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston, Texas.