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Upper eyelid surgery in Asian patients to create a fold: incision or suture technique

Blepharoplasty (i.e. eyelid surgery) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Asian countries. Patients seeking blepharoplasty consider bigger eyes more attractive and request more “open” eyes. Prior to having plastic surgery, they have used tape or glue in the upper eyelid to temporarily create the effect of a double eyelid. We’ve reviewed Asian eyelid surgery in a previous blog post. Here we review some of the technical differences between the two major plastic surgery approaches for double eyelid surgery: suture and incisional. Why does the eyelid lack a crease in Asian eyelids? The upper eyelid crease or fold is often absent, which allows … Continue reading »

Balloon sinus surgery and rhinoplasty

Fall is here and many Washingtonians suffer from sinus problems with the change in the weather and season. Other than allergy medications, chronic sinusitis patients often chose from nasal procedures such as septoplasty, turbinoplasty, rhinoplasty, nasal valve repair, and functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to improve their sinus symptoms. We previously discussed how septoplasty with rhinoplasty can improve nasal allergy symptoms, and now we’ll review balloon sinus surgery, which may also be referred as balloon sinuplasty or FinESS procedure. Balloon sinus surgery is a newer procedure that may improve nasal symptoms. What are the nasal sinuses? The nasal sinuses are air spaces inside the bones of … Continue reading »

Plastic surgery to boost your career or remain competitive in workforce

Busy Washingtonians report many reasons to have plastic surgery procedures. Restore a youthful appearance, reduce signs of aging, and enhance their own natural beauty are some popular reasons to have cosmetic surgery. Other Washington DC professionals report they also like to have plastic surgery to remain competitive in the workforce. Everyone wants to look their best, not just the politicians, diplomats, journalists, businessmen, or other Washington VIPs . Appearing mature may have an advantage in certain professions, but usually no one wants to appear “old” or “tired”. A more youthful or refreshed look at any age gives the perception of … Continue reading »

What else can Botox do in the plastic surgery office?

Many are aware of Botox® for its cosmetic benefit to reduce wrinkles around the around the eyes. Years ago, Botox received FDA approval to improve the look of moderate to severe line between eyebrows or sides of the eyes (i.e Crow’s feet). However, plastic surgeons have been safely using Botox and other wrinkles relaxers (Dysport® and Xeomin®) beyond these wrinkles for a variety of cosmetic uses. Liquid facelift or non-surgical facelift procedures have expanded the versatility of wrinkle relaxers. It’s not just for wrinkles around eyes and forehead. Wrinkle relaxers, as with many treatments, are usually FDA approved within the US for specific use … Continue reading »

How many treatments of facial filler injections do I need?

Facial fillers have greatly increased in popularity due to several factors, including ease of treatment in the office with local anesthesia. In addition, results can be appreciated immediately and downtime is minimal for a majority of patients. Lastly, facial fillers are versatile. Facial plastic surgeons can use fillers to sculpt the face for an enhanced appearance as part of a liquid facelift. What is a facial filler? Facial fillers augment the soft tissue of the face for long-lasting results. Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Belotero® consist of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural component of the skin. HA fillers are a clear … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.