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The End to Antiaging

The term antiaging is out, as promoted by the beauty publication Allure. Problems with Antiaging What’s the problem with anti-aging? First, this language of antiaging is often vague. Various creams, peels, injections, devices, and cosmetic treatments claim to be anti-aging. What does antiaging actually mean? Less eye bags, lifted skin, smoother wrinkles, etc? We know that even young patients can have dark circles, wrinkles, and eye bags. They don’t need to be “antiaged”. Second, and more importantly, the term may also constitute age shaming or ageism. Antiaging implies that aging itself is something to avoid. However, as we know, growing older … Continue reading »

Botox® vs. Dysport®, is one better for facial wrinkles?

Botox is one of the most popular treatments in a plastic surgery office. As part of a liquid facelift, it can be used to for a variety of treatments to smooth forehead wrinkles, raise eyebrows, soften smoker’s lines, slim the jawline, and lift the neck. These office procedures have minimal downtime to prevent and treat wrinkles. Over 20 years ago, Botox was used just for medical treatments, such as for eyes muscle spasms and twitches. Botox is still being used for many non-cosmetic purposes. Doctors who used Botox in the face subsequently noticed that their patients had smoother skin. The rest is … Continue reading »

What is healthy skin?

Patients often ask their facial plastic surgeon for skin care advice to get healthy skin. Facial plastic surgeons have an added perspective as they treat all the tissues of the face, eyes, and neck and perform both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help one look their best. Healthy skin has various qualities. It’s not just youthful per se. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons consider healthy skin as smooth, even color, firm, hydrated, protective, full, and free of imperfections. Treatments to achieve healthy skin can be divided into preventative, therapeutic, and maintenance with treatments overlapping in purpose. For example, daily sunblock achieves all … Continue reading »

Liposuction of the neck and jowls to reduce a double chin

A double chin, also known as submental fullness, develops in patients from a combination of factors, including natural aging. Some young and thin patients can have a double chin, starting from a much earlier age. It’s not just from excess weight. A physical examination can help reveal why a particular patient has a double chin. The neck and chin area are primarily affected by factors which include skin, fat, and bone. The neck glands and muscle may also influence the appearance and contribute to a double chin. What is neck liposuction? Liposuction of the jawline, jowls, chin, and neck is very … Continue reading »

Can Cosmetic Surgery help you Quit Smoking?

Even with the common knowledge that smoking (and vaping) is bad for your health, quitting smoking is difficult for many people. Recent research suggests that cosmetic surgery may help convince some patients to quit for good, if not at least reduce the smoking habit. Smoking predisposes you to facial aging First, smoking makes you look older. Many factors, such as sun damage, prematurely age you. Plastic surgeons have stressed the importance of preventative techniques to limit skin damage and to maintain a youthful and energetic appearance. Basic skin care involves adequate hydration, sleep, and sun protection. It also includes not smoking. For … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.