Sunday, December 17, 2017

Kybella and Neck Liposuction

Many of my Houston patients desiring to treat their double chin or full neck if Kybella or neck liposuction is best. This depends on your age, anatomy, skin laxity, amount of fat, and feeling towards surgery. Kybella will only work for the double chin or the fat just under the chin whereas liposuction will address this fat in addition to the fat along and under the jawline. Kybella requires at least 3 series of injections 2 months apart. After the first injection there is considerable swelling for the first 5-7 days. If you are considering having another procedure in addition to your neck that requires surgery, then neck liposuction would be a better choice. Cost of neck liposuction versus Kybella would depend on how much fat you have. Lastly, for both procedures, proper skin elasticity needs to be present so that the skin will contract after the fat is removed. Otherwise, you may require a neck lift.

Dr. Funk performs neck liposuction in Houston.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Recovery after a mini facelift?

Many of my Houston patients who are seeking facial rejuvenation inquire what is the recovery after a mini facelift. This depends on the depth of dissection during the mini facelift. The incisions for the mini facelift are around the ears and temple but do not extend behind the ears as the neck lift incisions do. Remember, the mini facelift is mainly used to treat jowls and the jawline.

If the mini facelift is done with a deep plane dissection (which means the SMAS is incised and elevated and the ligaments are released beneath the SMAS), this will provide a better facelift that will last longer and fills the mid face at the same time. In addition, the deep plane will help suspend and tighten the neck but not as much as a neck lift. The deep plane does cause some more swelling which may last 2-3 more days than just a SMAS lift where a few stitches are placed to tack up the SMAS.

Dr. Funk performs mini facelift surgery in Houston.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Will rhinoplasty last forever?

Unlike facial rejuvenation surgery such as a mini facelift, eyelid surgery, or neck lift, rhinoplasty will last forever. While other areas of the face will continue to age after surgery and you will need a repeat procedure, rhinoplasty, when done properly, should last the test of time. As long as the surgeon adequately supports the nose with cartilage grafts and supports the nasal tip, the effects of aging such as a droopy tip should not be apparent after rhinoplasty. In addition, the scarring that occurs around the cartilage after rhinoplasty will continue to provide ligamentous support to the nose preventing aging.

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Will the shape of my eyes change with eyelid surgery?

Many Houston eyelid surgery patients inquire as to whether the shape of their eyes will change with eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. This depends on whether it is just the upper, lower, or both eyelid that are being corrected. With upper blepharoplasty or upper eyelid lift surgery, the excess skin of the upper eyelid is removed and occasionally excess fat is excised.

With lower eyelid bags surgery, the excess fat is removed or repositioned and skin is trimmed. With patients that have loose lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can cause the lower eyelid to droop if it is not suspended. Suspending the lower eyelid margin with canthopexy or canthoplasty can change the shape of the eyelid.

Dr. Funk is an eyelid surgery specialist in Houston.

What is a short scar facelift?

A short scar facelift or mini facelift is one which primarily treats the jowls and jawline. This is a type of lift that spares the full dissection of the neck skin allow for a shorter recovery time of about 2 weeks. The mini facelift incisions do not extend behind the ear and into the hairline as the neck lift incisions would. The longevity and degree of correction with the mini facelift will depend on the extent of dissection. I like to perform a deep plane dissection where the skin is elevated and then the ligaments under the muscle or SMAS are released to provide a better facelift. This does cause a little more swelling but ultimately allows for a stronger short scar facelift.

Dr. Funk is a facelift plastic surgeon in Houston.