Find out what facial plastic surgery options we offer our patients in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL.
Whether you are dealing with a crooked nose or a congenital condition such as a cleft lip, there are many reasons someone may be considering turning to our Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, doctors for facial plastic surgery. Surgery can help to reconstruct and improve the structure, function, and shape of the face, head, and neck. If you’re unhappy with your appearance, here are some ways our surgeons can help.
Are you dealing with a crooked, misshapen, or hooked nose? Since it’s hard not to notice someone’s nose, you may feel embarrassed by your appearance or feel that your nose throws off the symmetry of your face. If so, you may be considering rhinoplasty, a surgery that alters the shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty can help restore proper proportions to the face by improving the contours and shape of the nose. It can even be used to correct large or upturned nostrils.
As we age, we begin to notice sagging skin. One of the places where it may be most visible is the brow line. If drooping and sagging brows are making you look tired or even angry, a simple brow lift can help to smooth away wrinkles around the area, raise the brows and help you look younger. A brow lift may also be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to help refresh the eye and brow areas.
Implants can be placed in the jaw, chin, or cheeks to help alter and improve the overall structure, shape, and contours of the face. These implants are made from biocompatible material to help augment these areas. If you have a poorly defined jaw, disproportionally small chin or you dream of having fuller cheeks, implants can help to craft these features and make them more distinct.
If you are noticing drooping or sagging eyelids you may be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty. This eyelid surgery can be used to treat puffy and droopy eyelids, lower eyelids with excess wrinkles or skin, and even bags under the eyes. This procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid, or both. This can rejuvenate the eye area and help take years off your appearance.
If you want to discuss facial plastic surgery options with a qualified surgeon, we offer care to those living in and around Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL. To schedule a surgical consultation, call Century at (708) 460-0007.
Vertigo and dizziness are different
Vertigo makes you feel as if you are moving even though you are standing still. The room around you may spin. You may feel nauseous, or you may even vomit if the vertigo is severe. Dizziness, on the other hand, occurs when you simply feel off-balance or lightheaded. Vertigo truly makes you feel as if you are spinning.
Vertigo is typically the result of a health problem
Vertigo is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that impacts the function of the inner ear. How do we know that? Within our inner ears lie our vestibular system, which helps us stay oriented and balanced. Every day, an ENT doctor diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions and diseases that impact the vestibular system and cause vertigo. Some of the most common causes of vertigo include,
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular neuritis
- Head injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
There are many ways to treat vertigo
It’s important for an ENT doctor to first determine the cause of your vertigo before prescribing any medications or treatments. We need to treat the underlying cause effectively to get rid of your vertigo. Some of how we may treat your vertigo include,
- Medications: Antibiotics or steroids are prescribed to treat infections or inflammation, while other medications may help alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by the vertigo
- Vestibular rehabilitation: If you deal with chronic or recurring bouts of vertigo your ENT may recommend vestibular rehab to help retrain the vestibular system to be able to better recognize the spatial orientation
- Canalith repositioning maneuvers: This technique is most often used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and uses certain head movements to reposition calcium deposits within the canal of the inner ear
What are the signs of postnasal drip?
Along with extra mucus draining from the nose into the back of your throat, other signs of postnasal drip include:
- Persistent cough, often worse at night
- A need to constantly clear your throat
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Painful ear infections
- Sinus infections
- Bad breath
- Nausea (due to mucus going into the stomach)
So, what is triggering all that unwanted and excess mucus that’s now draining down your throat? There are a few possible reasons such as:
- A cold or flu
- Dry, cold air
- Changes in weather
- Deviated septum (a common malformation in the nasal wall that separates the two cavities)
- Certain medications (e.g., blood pressure medication; birth control)
- Chemicals and environmental irritants (e.g., perfumes; smoke)
At-home care and over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines may alleviate your postnasal drip, especially if it is caused by allergies. Saline nasal sprays and neti pots can also provide moisture to the nasal passages. Sleep with your head slightly propped up and make sure that you are staying hydrated throughout the day.
If you’re dealing with recurring postnasal drip, postnasal drip that lasts more than 10 days, or postnasal drip that’s accompanied by fever or green discharge (signs of a bacterial infection), you must turn to an ENT doctor for the appropriate medication and treatment. If a bacterial infection is present, your ENT will prescribe a round of antibiotics. Structural issues such as a deviated septum can only be corrected through surgery.
If other conditions such as acid reflux could be to blame, a doctor can run the right diagnostic tests to determine the cause and to provide you with a custom treatment plan to get your postnasal drip in check.
- Viral infections such as a cold, flu, or mono (causes about 90 percent of sore throats)
- Strep infection and other bacterial infections
- Dry air
- Smoke and other irritants
- Strain, overuse, or injury
- Mouth breathing
- Postnasal drip
- Environmental irritant and pollutants
A ruptured or damaged eardrum, also called the tympanic membrane, can often heal on its own. In some cases, though, a surgical procedure referred to as a tympanoplasty is needed to repair the eardrum and improve hearing. The highly skilled ear, nose, and throat doctors at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery in Orland Park, IL, specialize in otolaryngology and perform tympanoplasty procedures to repair damaged eardrums.
What is Tympanoplasty?
A tympanoplasty is a surgical procedure for repairing a damaged eardrum that is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. There are several different types of tympanoplasty surgeries. Depending on the specific type being performed, general anesthesia might be used so patients remain unconscious during the surgery.
Types of tympanoplasty procedures include:
- Patch Tympanoplasty — A minor procedure in which a small patch is placed over the hole in the eardrum. The procedure can be completed in just a few minutes.
- Fat Tympanoplasty — For this procedure, the ear lobe is frozen so that a small amount of fat tissue can be removed. The fat tissue is then placed through the hole in the eardrum and the earlobe is sutured closed. This surgery typically can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.
- Medial Tympanoplasty — This procedure is slightly more complicated than patch or fat tympanoplasty surgeries and generally takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete. During this procedure, the eardrum is accessed either through an incision in the ear canal or from behind the ear. Then the eardrum is lifted and a tissue graft is slid under it.
- Lateral Tympanoplasty — This type of surgery is performed when the hole in the eardrum is quite large or other surgical attempts have not successfully closed the hole. During this procedure, an incision is made behind the ear and the eardrum is removed. A new eardrum formed from a tissue graft is then implanted into the ear. This type of surgery can take up to two and a half hours.
The experienced otolaryngology doctors at our practice in Orland Park can determine which procedure is best based on several factors, including the patient’s age and the location and size of the hole in the eardrum.
The Recovery Process
It can take a few weeks for the eardrum to fully heal following a tympanoplasty procedure. During that time, it is best to avoid getting water in the ear. Wearing an earplug when showering or bathing will help protect the ear and keep it dry. Patients should also be careful not to blow the nose too hard. Additionally, it is best to avoid rigorous or intense physical exercise while the eardrum is still healing. The doctor will examine your ear a few weeks after surgery to see if the hole in the eardrum has fully healed.
If you have ruptured or damaged your eardrum, tympanoplasty surgery can be performed to repair the damage and restore hearing. To learn more about tympanoplasty and eardrum repair, schedule an appointment with one of the knowledgeable doctors on our otolaryngology team by calling Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery in Orland Park, IL, at (708) 460-0007. We also have office locations in Evergreen Park and Lenox.
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