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Plastic Surgery that may be covered by insurance

Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery is not just about Botox® and breast implants. Some procedures are generally considered purely cosmetic, ex. facelift. Other procedures are generally considered reconstructive, ex. scar revision after injury. Lastly, some procedures may blend both cosmetic and reconstructive aspects of plastic surgery, ex. rhinoplasty. Medically necessary plastic surgery The first step is to determine if a specific plastic surgery is medically necessary, since this is often a requirement for insurance coverage. Medically necessary is not strictly defined and will vary among insurance companies, specific procedures, … Continue reading »

Split Earlobe Repair with Plastic Surgery

Split earlobes are not uncommon in a plastic surgery office, especially for those surgeons who focus on facial procedures. Usually patients complain of one earlobe that has completely split, while some have an earlobe that is nearly torn or splitting. Patients may have had a history of trauma with sudden pulling or gradual splitting and stretching over time from earrings. Gradually with time, some earlobes may start to split due to the metal and/or weight of the earrings. Before splitting, patients may notice irritation, itching, or inflammation with certain earrings. Earrings with nickel, copper, or mixed metals are more likely to … Continue reading »

4 Injections to Treat Scars

Wrinkles, puffy eyes, and loose skin are only part of a plastic surgeon’s day in the office. Scars and scar tissue also play a role in every plastic surgeon’s practice spectrum. Every surgery, and many nonsurgical treatments, will have scar tissue. Some patients are predisposed to scarring. Plastic surgeons offer these injections both to prevent and minimize scars and to treat scar tissue that has formed in appropriate patients. The primary methods to treat scars with injections include steroids 5FU hyaluronidase filler Injections can help flatten, thin, and fade scars to improve the appearance, soften scars to reduce tethering or … Continue reading »

Repairing Gauge or Stretched Earlobes with Plastic Surgery

Some men and women consider repairing or reversing gauge earlobes, such as for required for certain work or for personal reasons. After stretching the earlobe, these patients want the gauge hole and earlobe to shrink back to normal size. Unfortunately, the earlobe doesn’t necessarily come back down to pre-gauge dimensions. Stretching the skin beyond 10 mm is considered “point of no return” where the earlobe will not close to a standard piercing size. Patients with such gauge earlobes will need plastic surgery for repair. Plastic surgeons refer to such procedures as split, torn, or stretched ear repair surgery. Gauge or … Continue reading »

Top 5 Plastic Surgery blog posts for 2017

People love to read about plastic surgery. Our office has seen a continued increase in popularity in a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical. From eyelid surgery to liquid facelift, patients want to learn how to enhance their appearance. Below are the five most popular cosmetic surgery posts of 2017 from our blog. Washington DC residents love Botox®, as it has edged out other top posts this past year. How to Get Rid of a Buffalo Hump, excess fat behind the neck Patients develop excess fullness behind the neck, otherwise known as buffalo hump or widow’s hump, … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.