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Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

Slimming the Face with Cheek Fat Reduction

  Plastic surgeons are asked to reduce fat everywhere on the body, including the neck and face. Excess fat in the face, however, is often not just due to being overweight. In fact, many patients who consider themselves with “chubby cheeks” are slim and have appropriate weight. These patients are typically born with this excess facial fat, which normally doesn’t respond to a healthy diet or regular exercise. Patients who want to slim the face can consider cheek fat reduction surgery, also known as buccal fat reduction. The minor procedure removes a majority of this mid facial cheek fat via small incisions … Continue reading »

Incisions and Approaches in Lower Eyelid Surgery

Puffy lower eyelids and dark circles are common reasons to see a plastic surgeon. Some are born with excess fat or skin, while everyone develops cosmetic changes from natural aging. We’ve reviewed some options to improve the lower eyelid region, including nonsurgical filler injections for eye bags. Lower eyelid surgery, however, remains the standard for permanent change of a puffy eyelid. There are two main approaches to lower eyelid plastic surgery based on the location of the incision on the lower eyelid, outside or inside. External incision (subciliary approach) An incision is made just under the eyelashes along the length … Continue reading »

How to Get Rid of a Buffalo Hump, excess fat behind the neck

Modern life makes many spend hours looking down and staring at a screen, either on our phones, work computers, or slouched on the sofa watching television. With this predisposition for poor posture and other factors, more patients are developing excess fat behind the neck, otherwise known as buffalo hump or widow’s hump. What is a Buffalo Hump? Buffalo hump is a term used to describe extra fat pad behind your neck and between your shoulder blades. Plastic surgeons refer to this fat as the dorsocervical fat pad. This excess fat can give an “old lady” appearance. The extra volume behind the … Continue reading »

Botox vs. Fillers in Liquid Facelift

Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments performed in the office with minimal downtime continue to increase in popularity. Washington DC plastic surgery patients try to avoid surgery if possible and often choose liquid facelift procedures such as Botox®, Dysport®, and facial fillers (ex. Juvederm®, Restylane®, Belotero®) to enhance their appearance. With all these nonsurgical office injections available, it can be confusing to patients as to what is best. Botox or Dysport in Liquid Facelift Botox and Dysport are treatments that relax muscles and subsequently are used broadly in the face and neck areas by top plastic surgeons and dermatologists. These injections can be used … Continue reading »

Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery in Men

No one wants a double chin or a turkey neck. A full neck or submental fullness, whether from excess fat or loose skin, is considered undesirable by many patients. The number of male patients seeking facial cosmetic procedures are increasing, as more men are putting additional time and effort on their appearance. There is also a greater acceptance of male patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. This growth in the male aesthetic demand comes from men in all areas of life, from millennials to baby boomers. Aesthetic Options for Male Neck Men considering treatment for a double chin have several options. Some of these treatments can be … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.