Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Facelift and Hair Loss

Many of my Houston facelift patients are concerned about their thin hair and hair loss after their facelift or mini facelift. Hair follicles can go into shock after the trauma of surgery around the incision lines of a facelift and not grow back for 6-12 months. If you are considering having a facelift and have thin hair, then you may want to have a discussion with your surgeon about the use of Rogaine around the areas of the incision to promote thicker hair growth through the scar.

Dr. Funk performs facelift surgery in Houston, TX.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Scars after Eyelid Surgery

A common question for my Houston eyelid surgery patients is where the scars will be placed when performing upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery for bags under the eyes. The scar with upper eyelid surgery will be placed in the crease of the upper eyelid and this scar will hide nicely in this region. The scar may need to be extended out laterally into a crow’s feet wrinkle if there is significant lateral hooding with excess skin. This portion of the scar may take a little longer than the portion of the scar that hides in the crease. But eventually, it will also hide nicely in this region.

Dr. Funk is performs eyelid surgery for upper eyelids and lower eyelid bags in Houston, Texas.

Rhinoplasty for Out of Town Patients

Many of my rhinoplasty surgeries in Houston are performed on out of town patients. For out of town patients having rhinoplasty in Houston there are some important logistic aspects of the procedure. One of these is the preop the day prior to the rhinoplasty surgery. Patients should expect to arrive into Houston the day prior to their surgery for their preop where the procedure, postop care, prescriptions and a final meeting with Dr. Funk is arranged. Some patients elect to have their initial consultation and preop on this day and schedule their surgery for the following day ahead of time. These patients will have provided photographs with Dr. Funk’s assistant and had a discussion with her over the phone ahead of time.

After surgery, we recommend staying in a nearby hotel and can provide home health accommodation options as well at the hotel. You will be seen on postoperative day 6 where the tape, cast and stitches are removed. At this time, your nose will be retaped. Some patients may elect to come back to see Dr. Funk 2 days later to remove this tape while other may feel comfortable removing this tape on their own. If that is the case, then you can fly or drive back home one week after surgery.

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

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.