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Category Archives: Rhinoplasty

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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 »

Breathe Better, Snore Less

Nasal obstruction, limited airflow through the nose, is a common complaint of patients who are seeking rhinoplasty. However, chronic nasal obstruction affects many more patients that those seeking rhinoplasty and affects millions of individuals. Patients with nasal obstruction typically visit the primary care physician first before seeking specialist care. Nasal obstruction can present with symptoms such as congestion, blocked sinuses, narrow nasal passages, or stuffy nose. Other symptoms or signs of nasal obstruction may include decreased smell, snoring, post nasal drip, dry mouth, headaches, mouth breathing, or chronic dental issues (ex. TMJ). Breath better. What is Nasal Obstruction? Chronic nasal obstruction … Continue reading »

Cartilage Grafts in Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery that modifies the appearance of the nose. Bone and/or cartilage can be reshaped for multiple reasons: reducing a bump, straightening the nose, building the bridge, lifting the tip, etc. Plastic surgeons develop a plan with patients during the rhinoplasty planning process. As part of the surgical plan, grafts may be needed to help achieve the patient’s desired results. What are Cartilage Grafts? Grafts are pieces of tissue taken from one are and used in another. Cartilage is usually taken from the nasal septum inside the nose during rhinoplasty. These cartilage grafts may also be obtained from … Continue reading »

Fillers to Reshape the Nose without Surgery

After liposuction, rhinoplasty and septoplasty are common cosmetic surgical procedures worldwide, especially in younger patients. However, not everyone is a candidate or wants surgery. As liquid lift procedures with facial fillers and wrinkle relaxers have grown in popularity, plastic surgeons have developed an alternative approach to reshape the nose in appropriate patients. Facial Fillers A tremendous variety of facial fillers are available to a cosmetic surgeon to rejuvenate the face, with hyaluronic acid fillers being the most popular. Restylane® and Belotero® are examples of hyaluronic acid fillers that rhinoplasty surgeons may use to reshape the nose without surgery. Downtime is minimal after a liquid … Continue reading »

Questions to Ask a Plastic Surgeon at a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

While some nonsurgical treatments such as Botox® may require relatively less thought and time, patients considering cosmetic surgery should allow adequate time and preparation before proceeding with elective surgery. Everyone considering cosmetic surgery has sufficient time to do adequate research beforehand. Don’t rush into surgery. These are just some of the questions to ask, but there will be many more that you will want to ask over the course of the consultation process. What specifically are you looking to change or improve? The first questions should be answered by the patient before the consultation. Do you prefer a dramatic change or … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.