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Septoplasty can improve Sinus symptoms, when performed with Rhinoplasty

It’s spring and allergy season has started in Washington DC. Flowers are blooming with increasing pollen and allergies in the air. As a result of seasonal changes, patients are coming to their allergist for help finding relief. Some of these allergy patients are then referred to or seek sinus surgeons to perform sinus surgery, when medications do not improve their chronic sinus symptoms of nasal congestion or blockage. Sinus surgery, however, is usually not required for these patients. Rather, septoplasty with turbinate reduction is the more commonly performed procedure to relieve chronic nasal allergies for appropriate patients when medical treatment is inadequate. … Continue reading »

Cosmetic Surgeon Review Sites

Maryland face lift patients often go to the Internet, in addition to their close friends, to research plastic surgeons for cosmetic surgery. Nothing will ever beat a personal recommendation from a trusted person. However, several physician review sites exist that provide patient reviews for multiple physician specialties. Doctor review sites are just one component of the decision making process cosmetic patients should use to help determine their plastic surgeon for their facial cosmetic surgery. In Washington DC, successful facial cosmetic surgery is the result of many factors, including the cosmetic procedure itself. Good rapport must be developed between patient and … Continue reading »

Computer Imaging in Plastic Surgery

Are the pictures on the plastic surgeon’s website real??? It depends on the website & the surgeon. Photographs and images on websites should be properly labeled as actual patients or models. Photographs, either online or in-person, may be misleading, due to variations in lighting, patient position, photo angle, camera, makeup, or computer manipulation. It is relatively easy to simulate plastic surgery on the computer. Simple digital imaging software can provide before and after pictures of plastic surgery. Some surgeons simulate surgery with patients in-person, while some plastic surgeons recommend a followup appointment to review computer imaging. Anyone considering facial plastic … Continue reading »

Insurance vs. Patient Care: When Patients Loose

I was just sent this article on a patient I had treated. It’s a reminder of the poor quality and bureaucracy of health insurance in the United States. Physicians are fighting everyday to get health care covered for their patients, whether it is tests, medications, specialist referrals, or surgical procedures. My office and I call insurance providers regularly to try to get patients the care they require. This constant struggle is frustrating for patient and physician, and not what I expected when in medical school.

Does Insurance cover Cosmetic Surgery?

Many board certified plastic surgeons provide the finest in aesthetic plastic surgery at affordable prices. Many also participate with most insurance plans within the United States. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. Reconstructive plastic surgery, such as trauma, broken nose, scars, skin cancer, septoplasty, congenital deformity, are typical areas where health insurance applies. Secondary or revision cosmetic surgery may also be covered. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. Most plastic surgery offices accept insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.