Monday, May 4, 2020

Retracted Ala after rhinoplasty

When evaluating my Houston revision rhinoplasty patients, many may have a pinched tip and retracted nostrils due to overzealous resection of cartilage with previous rhinoplasty. Retracted nostrils after rhinoplasty give a flared effect to the nostrils with too much nostril show on the lateral or profile view. Correction of retracted nostrils requires grafting with septal cartilage after septoplasty, ear cartilage, or rib cartilage. Alar strut or batten grafts in addition to alar rim grafts are necessary to bring the alar margin down. If retraction is severe, a composite graft from the ear may be required.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Upper eyelid surgery and eye closure

Some of my Houston eyelid surgery patients will ask if they will have trouble closing their eyes after upper eyelid surgery. If the proper measurements are taken prior to upper blepharoplasty, poor closure of the eye should not occur. Initially, complete eye closure may be delayed due to swelling, but this should resolve after about one week. Dry eye after upper eyelid surgery is not uncommon as the blink reflex may be slightly delayed during the first few weeks.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston, Texas.

Friday, April 24, 2020

When will I look normal after a facelift?

When discussing facelift surgery with my Houston patients, recovery and getting back to normal social life is a common question. Most patients can start feeling social between 2-3 weeks after surgery. You can expect to look normal 2-3 weeks after a facelift. However, there may still be some irregularities where the deep plane facelift or SMAS was elevated and resuspended. These can be covered with makeup at the 2-3 week mark and will eventually smooth out and settle but may take 6-8 weeks to do so. The scars from the facelift at the hairline will still remain slightly red at the 3-6 week mark but will continue to settle and become a fine white line by 4-6 months. Facelift surgery is an involved process and to get the optimal results, patients must have patience regarding the healing process.

Dr. Funk performs facelift surgery in Houston.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

When can I get a facial after rhinoplasty?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients will ask during their postoperative visits when they can get a facial after rhinoplasty. Many of these patients have blackheads or clogged pores after rhinoplasty and want extractions performed on their nose. My recommendation to patients is that they can have a facial at 3 weeks without touching the nose and 8 weeks for the skin of the nose. The nose is still fragile and not well enough healed to undergo manipulation earlier than this. Manipulation of the nose can lead to damage to the work that was performed with rhinoplasty.

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

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Cost of Eyelid Surgery

Many of my Houston eyelid surgery patients are curious as to the cost of eyelid surgery. This depends on the complexity of the surgery. Most surgeon’s fees for lower eyelid surgery range between $2500-$3500. Lower eyelid surgery for lower eyelid bags is more complex and also may require fat repositioning. The surgeon’s fees for lower eyelid surgery can range between $3500-$4500. Every surgeon’s fees vary and these usually do not include anesthesia or facility fee.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston, Texas.