Monday, August 14, 2017

Rhinoplasty for Out of Houston Patients

Many of rhinoplasty patients come from outside of Houston from places such as The Woodlands, Corpus Christi, and Harlingen. They come to Houston to seek rhinoplasty as they may not feel that they can identify the expertise needed for rhinoplasty surgery in these locations. One of the common questions I get from out of town rhinoplasty patients is when will they need to see me postoperatively. Patients will typically spend the night in Houston the night prior to their rhinoplasty surgery, especially if they are the first surgery at 7am. Patients who live more than a 3 hour drive away should plan on spending their first night in Houston and head home the following day. I typically see patients 5-7 days postoperatively to remove the cast and stitches from rhinoplasty and retape the nose. At this point, the patients can go home and come back to see me 2-4 days later to remove the tape, or they can remove the tape on their own at home. I then typically see patients at one month, three months, 6 months, and 1 year.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Texas.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Are my nostrils flared or too wide?

Many of my Houston patients coming in for rhinoplasty consultation or ethnic rhinoplasty consultation are concerned about their wide nostrils or what they typically describe as flared nostrils. The terminology here can be confusing. Wide nostrils or ala are basically ala that insert onto the face at a wide distance. In the caucasian female, the nostrils width should lie within the medial corner of each eye. Obviously this may look too pinched with male rhinoplasty or ethnic rhinoplasty patients such as Asian or African-American. Flared nostrils are nostrils that curve out excessively from the insertion onto the cheek/upper lip junction. There are different methods of addressing wide nostrils and curved nostrils which is why it is essential to differentiate the two when performing rhinoplasty.

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rhinoplasty Cost

Rhinoplasty cost for Houston will vary when compared to rhinoplasty cost for other parts of the country. Ultimately, the cost for rhinoplasty will depend on the complexity of the procedure. Revision rhinoplasty is typically more expensive as it is a more difficult procedure with more work that would need to be done. Ethnic rhinoplasty where the nostrils may need to be brought in or the bridge built up with rib cartilage or other materials may require more complexity and therefore would cost more.

Insurance can be utilized with rhinoplasty if there are functional issues and a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates are addressed with septoplasty and turbinate reduction respectively. This will fray some of the cosmetic fees for rhinoplasty both for the surgeon, facility, and anesthesia.

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ethnic rhinoplasty and nostril size

During ethnic rhinoplasty, the nostril size is frequently reduced. There are a few important aspects of the nostrils that should be discussed in regards to ethnic rhinoplasty. The width of the nostrils can be brought in with small triangular excision of skin at the sill or floor of the nose. If the nostrils have flare, then a small wedge of skin can be removed from the alar-facial groove. Combined, these two maneuvers can create narrower, more refined, and smaller nostrils during ethnic rhinoplasty.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Will rhinoplasty change my lips?

Some of my Houston Texas rhinoplasty patients express concern about changes to their upper lip with rhinoplasty. They are concerned that if their nasal tip is rotated, they may have a larger gap between their nose and upper lip. This is not true. Their will not be a larger gap after rhinoplasty, but that area of the upper lip will be less shadowed in photographs and with overhead light. Rhinoplasty with septoplasty to correct a deviated septum may lead to a tight upper lip with smiling for the first few weeks after surgery but this will settle over time.

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