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Author Archives: Houtan Chaboki, M.D.

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Facial Feminization Plastic Surgery

Facial feminization is a group of cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures that modify features from typically male to more female. Facial feminization is not necessarily a single procedure, but rather may involve various procedures on skin, fat, muscle, and bone as appropriate. Each person is unique and plastic surgeons tailor procedures based on multiple factors. Generally, feminine facial features include more open eyes, rounder cheeks, fuller lips, smaller nose, and smaller jawline. Cosmetic treatments focus on different aspects of the face to achieve feminization appropriate for each individual. Looking one’s best is a goal with any plastic surgery. Reducing gender … Continue reading »

Downtime after Plastic Surgery

Nonsurgical procedures, such as liquid facelift and eye bag treatment, have gained in tremendous popularity. However, surgery still plays an important role in cosmetic surgery offices. Only surgery can remove excess skin and significantly lift sagging tissue. Natural changes from age and sun damage affect ligaments, skin, bone, muscle, and fat. These tissue changes can make one appear tired, worn down, or have low energy. Certain aesthetic conditions that typically require surgery include: loose or sagging skin that creates folds and covers eyelashes droopy brow that crowds the eyes fatty deposits in lower eye bags weak chin bone creating a … Continue reading »

Reducing a Bump with Preservation Rhinoplasty

Nose reshaping or rhinoplasty was the third most popular procedure in 2018, according to plastic surgery data. Breast augmentation and liposuction was more popular. Nose surgery is the most common cosmetic facial surgery, while botulinum  (Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®) remains the most common nonsurgical procedure. Preservation Rhinoplasty to Reduce a Bump Rhinoplasty surgery to reduce a bump is typically reductive, with plastic surgeons shaving, rasping, or filing down the bump. Another rhinoplasty method is to push down or let down the bump by removing tissue under the bump itself. This alternative method is called preservation rhinoplasty. A characteristic feature of … Continue reading »

Relaxing a Dimpled Chin Muscle

Washington DC plastic surgery patients may have various complaints of the their chin. A double chin and weak chin are common, but also a dimpled chin or wrinkled chin. Chin concerns are due to various causes. Patients may have been born with a cleft chin, weak chin, or dimpled chin. Some receding or double chins can gradually occur over time with age. One group of patients include those with an overbite, who are predisposed to a double chin or weak chin. As with many aspects of plastic surgery, underlying anatomy is a very important factor. One anatomic aspect of chin … Continue reading »

Contouring Cheeks with Fat Reduction

Liposuction is the top plastic surgery procedure in many offices. Hips, thighs, arms, and abdomens are thinned with liposuction. The neck is another popular place to contour with fat reduction. The face and cheeks, however, are typically not amenable to liposuction for many reasons. Cheek fat reduction is performed differently for those who want to slim the face. Excess facial fat is often not due to being overweight. In fact, many slim patients have excess cheek fat and feel “chubby” in the face. These plastic surgery patients are typically born with this excess cheek fat, which typically doesn’t change with … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.