January 15th, 2014 Blog Admin
Per statistics given by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, AAFPRS surgeons performed a little more than 40,200 rhinoplasties in 2012. Twenty percent of the patients undergoing rhinoplasty were under the age of 21. Whether a nose surgery is requested to help put an end to bullying, to correct the function, to address a problem that leads to lower self-esteem, or to repair damage from an injury, there are things that teens and their parents need to understand. Read the rest of this entry »
November 22nd, 2013 Blog Admin
Upwards of 40 percent of all sports-related injuries involve the face. Of these injuries, the most common are bone fractures and soft tissue damage to the cheek bone, jaw bone, and nose. They can be from collisions with another player or a strike from sports equipment.
While some injuries can be treated on the field, some require specialized care from a facial plastic surgeon. Benefits include minimized scarring and bones that heal symmetrically. Here are the common facial plastic surgeries and treatments used for sports injuries.
For injuries to the nose, rhinoplasty offers an excellent way to reshape the nose to eliminate a crooked or asymmetrical appearance. As incisions can be made within the nose, there is often no visible scarring.
The procedure begins with the administration of a sedative and then local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the incisions are made. Once the incisions are made, cartilage and bone are trimmed and shaped to restructure the appearance of the nose. Breathing issues may also be improved.
Following a rhinoplasty, bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. You may also deal with oily skin. Swelling reduces over a span of months, so you cannot expect to see the final results immediately. In fact, you may see gradual changes for a year.
In 2012, members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) listed the average surgeon’s fee for rhinoplasty as being $5,541. Added to this cost are other items like anesthesiologist’s fees and facility fees. Health insurance may not cover cosmetic rhinoplasty, but if you are having problems breathing your insurance company may agree to cover some or all of the cost.
Scar Revision Techniques
When the skin breaks and heals, a scar forms. A facial plastic surgeon is an expert in suturing lacerations to leave as small a scar as possible. Most athletes, however, simply have their cut stitched up by a team doctor. This can leave an unsightly scar.
A facial cosmetic surgeon can offer scar revision techniques. One of the common techniques is to excise the scar tissue and use fine sutures in an irregular pattern that minimizes scarring. Sometimes the surgeon can move the scar to a natural crease or line to make it easier to hide the scar.
For scars that are narrow but sink into the skin, injections of collagen can help. Collagen fills in the depression. The one concern with this method is that the collagen will need replenishing occasionally.
Microdermabrasion is also useful in reducing the appearance of a scar. A fine crystal powder is applied to the skin using special instruments. This buffs off the top layers of the skin and reduces the appearance of the scar.
When it comes to scar revision and microdermabrasion, the AAFPRS lists the average surgeon fees as $1,700 and $124 respectively. There will be additional fees added to this cost that cover things like anesthesia and the facility.
Watch the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery’s video to learn more about their services. Dr. Masri is Michigan’s first board certified facial plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation to discuss your sports-related injury in Michigan, call (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn or (866) 487-3223 in Birmingham.
November 11th, 2013 Blog Admin
Pairing cosmetic surgeries together makes sense. You save money by only needing to undergo anesthesia one time, and you combine recovery times so you don’t need to take a lot of time off from work. An increasing number of men and women are pairing rhinoplasty with chin augmentation procedures to create the ideal facial profile.
Scientists at Italy’s University of Verona studied a group of 90 men and women who had combined chin augmentation and rhinoplasty. They followed them for two years and then did a follow-up interview three years later. More than half of the participants had not experienced any loss of chin length in that time. In addition, they stated that the chin, neck, and nose all worked in conjunction to create an aesthetically pleasing profile. If a chin is too small, it can make the nose appear larger. When a chin is proportionately sized through a chin augmentation, it balances the nose and improves facial harmony.
What to Expect During Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the size and shape of the nose. Common problems that people want corrected are drooping tips, flared nostrils, and a hump on the bridge. During a rhinoplasty, your surgeon makes incisions on the inside of the nostrils or on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. Bone and cartilage are excised when the nose is too large, but in cases where a nose is too small, the addition of cartilage grafts may be required.
After the surgery, you will have bruising on the cheeks and under the eyes. This bruising starts to fade after a week and can take a few weeks to disappear completely. Swelling is also common and can take months to resolve. You’ll see the final shape of your new nose after a year.
What to Expect During a Chin Augmentation
With a chin augmentation, the facial plastic surgeon makes an incision inside the mouth or right below the chin. A chin implant is inserted through this incision and secured to the front of the jawbone. If you have a double chin, your plastic surgeon may suggest having a submental lipectomy performed to remove the fat and skin causing the double chin. This helps improve the appearance of the augmented chin.
Following a chin augmentation, you will experience mild bruising and swelling. Swelling generally clears up after a week, and bruising takes a second week in most patients. You may feel some mild discomfort for a few days, but your surgeon will inform you as to the pain medications you can use.
Are you thinking about rhinoplasty or chin augmentation? Check out these before and after pictures to see the improvements these surgeries can make.
At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, patients receive exceptional care and service from plastic surgeons with close to three decades of experience. The use of digital imaging allows you to see the changes to your profile with a rhinoplasty or chin augmentation. You can also see the improvements to your profile if you pair the surgical procedures. Dr. Haitham Masri holds board certification in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. Schedule a free rhinoplasty and chin augmentation consultation online or by calling (315) 945-9800.
October 14th, 2013 Blog Admin
In 2010, the National Sleep Foundation polled more than 1,000 men and women across the United States. That poll found that during the work week, most people slept for an average of 6.25 hours per night, and 7.25 hours on days off.
Sleep is essential for safe driving, focus at work or school, and your overall health. Yet, the Huffington Post reports that approximately 5 out of every 10 adults snore. Snoring can wake a person from a sound sleep and often keeps those in the same bedroom or even house awake as the snorer sleeps comfortably. The Guinness Book of World Records puts the loudest snore at 93 decibels, and that is loud enough to keep an entire house awake.
Range of Anti-Snore Products on the Market
When it comes to anti-snore products, there are hundreds of items out there. There is a suction cup device that suctions your tongue to the front of the mouth to supposedly prevent the tongue from relaxing and closing the airway while you sleep.
Anti-snore sprays work by shrinking tissue in the airway. There are a number of these products available and most contain alcohol and herbal ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA. There are also bandages that pull the nostrils apart, opening them for better airflow, and aromatherapy products that are supposed to aid breathing by easing congestion.
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October 8th, 2013 Blog Admin
A recent National Geographic story caught the world’s attention. It brings new meaning to the idea of what rhinoplasty can do for your face.
In China, a man was in a horrific traffic accident that left him with severe trauma to the nose. Treatments failed and the cartilage in his nose corroded. Chinese surgeons came up with the idea of growing a new nose on the man’s forehead. The goal, once the nose was fully grown, involved transplanting the new nose to the existing nasal bone.
It’s unusual to think about growing a new body part on your body, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. The New England Journal of Medicine released an image of a woman who is growing an ear on her inner arm. In her case, skin cancer required the removal of much of one ear, so doctors came up with the plan to grow the new ear on her arm in a location where she could hide it with long sleeves. Many patients who grow a new body part somewhere on their body tend to hide from people until the process is complete and that can take upwards of a year.
Why Grow Parts on the Body?
To grow the new nose, cartilage and skin must be built in layers. In this case, the skin on the forehead is similar to the skin on the nose. Cartilage for the new nose comes from the rib cage. The biggest issue comes from growing a healthy nose, and that means healthy blood flow is essential. To make sure the blood flow is preserved, the nose is built in stages.
A flap of skin is lifted to help preserve the blood supply and then a skin graft is placed under it and allowed to heal. Now that there are two layers of skin with good blood flow, the cartilage can be inserted over time to build up the shape of the nose. Once complete, a facial plastic surgeon must transplant the nose to its permanent location. It’s a unique way to get a nose job, but it’s a possibility when there simply is no healthy cartilage for a plastic surgeon to work with.
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