Saturday, August 17, 2019

What happens during rhinoplasty?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients will ask what is done exactly during rhinoplasty? Nose job surgery can either performed as an open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty. With open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made between the nostrils and the skin over the cartilage and bone is elevated. The cartilage is then reshaped, possibly reduced in size, and refined. Cartilage may be taken from the septum after performing a septoplasty for a deviated septum and used as grafts during rhinoplasty as well.

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

Friday, August 9, 2019

Pain behind ears after facelift surgery

Many of my Houston facelift patients have described pain behind the ears after their facelift. This is an issue that should be relayed to your facelift surgeon and could have many causes. The most common cause of pain behind the ears after a facelift or a neck lift is the stitch or suture that is placed from the platysma/SMAS to the lining or periosteum over the mastoid bone behind the earlobe. The muscle that turns the neck, the sternocleidomastoid inserts on this mastoid bone and turning of the head will contract this muscle which may cause some of the pulling/pain. This is not uncommon for the first few weeks.

Pain behind the ears with a facelift should be examined by your surgeon to assure there is not a hematoma after a neck lift. This can lead to skin loss in this area and scarring. Sometimes, simply sending a photo of the area would be sufficient.

Dr. Funk performs facelift surgery in Houston.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Do bones have to be broken during rhinoplasty?

A commonly asked question by my Houston rhinoplasty patients is if the bones will have to be broken during rhinoplasty. The answer here is that it depends. The most common cosmetic rhinoplasty complaint is the nasal hump. When a nasal hump is taken down during rhinoplasty, this leaves what is called an open roof deformity. This is the equivalent of taking the peak of a house roof off. Controlled fractures of the nasal bones called osteotomies are then required to close this open roof. If the nasal bones are particularly wide, then more involved controlled osteotomies may be required to narrow the nose.

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

Is eyelid surgery permanent?

A common question from my Houston eyelid surgery patients is whether eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a permanent solution to their lower eyelid bags or excess upper eyelid skin. While any facial rejuvenation surgery can create a more youthful, rested, and refreshed appearance, the aging process will still continue. This being said, after the set period a procedure should “last”, that aspect of your face still look better than it did prior to the surgery.

Eyelid surgery when performed properly should last 5-8 years. This is when you will start to see the effects of aging occurring again in the upper or lower eyelid skin. Again, your eyelids will still appear more youthful and refreshed compared to their appearance prior to surgery, but you may start to notice some skin laxity again.

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