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Cosmetic surgery education in Las Vegas

In addition to gambling and entertainment, Las Vegas has become a destination center for conferences from around the world. Dr. Chaboki attends a variety of educational conferences around the US to collaborate, teach, and learn about the latest in cosmetic surgery. He works with a variety of plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, and dermatologists from around the world at these educational conferences to discuss what is new or outdated in aesthetic medicine. For example, just before posing for a group photograph, Dr. Whitacker, Dr. Vasyukevich, and Dr. Chaboki discuss their facelift and neck lift techniques. The Vegas Cosmetic Surgery … Continue reading »

Reshape prominent ears with otoplasty surgery

The human ears have a complex development process in-utero. Six different parts of the embryo come together to form the ear. It’s an amazing process that inherently has variability in the final appearance, one of which is prominent or protruding ears. An issue that concerns patients with prominent ears is that the ears draw a disproportionate attention away from the rest of the face, which subsequently may contribute to a decrease quality of life for some. Patients then seek surgery to reshape the ears to pin them back or make the ears smaller, thus decreasing attention from the ears. Otoplasty (i.e. ear reshaping surgery) … Continue reading »

Puffy lower eyelids are not always from fat

As a facial plastic surgeon, I see many men and women who complain of puffy lower eyelids and bags. These patients are coming to the cosmetic surgery office to improve the appearance of their eyes with eyelid surgery or facial fillers (ex. Restylane®). Puffy lower eyelids, however, are not always due to excess fat. As we advise all patients, the lower eyelids are very sensitive to many factors, internal and external, and react accordingly. This puffiness can be due to  edema or swelling of the eyelid tissues. Plastic surgery obviously is not the best approach for swelling. How do I know … Continue reading »

10 things to know before getting lip injections

Collagen injections used to be the only way to plump up lips (other than fat injections or lip lift surgery) until hyaluronic acid fillers came along. These “lipstick in a syringe” fillers have essentially replaced collagen as the primarily method to enhance lips, in addition being used to augmenting cheeks, reducing wrinkles, and improving dark circles. The current hyaluronic acid fillers being used for lip injections by plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the US are Restylane,® Juvederm®, and Belotero®. Before getting your first lip injection with hyaluronic acid fillers, there are a few things you should be aware of: 1. There … Continue reading »

Chin augmentation with silicone: choosing the implant size

Chin augmentation patients in Washington consider chin augmentation for many reasons. In addition to improving a weak chin, chin augmentation can improve the appearance of other areas such as the neck, cheeks, and nose. Plastic surgeons may perform chin augmentation alone or in conjunction with other facial procedures, such as a facelift or neck lift, neck liposuction, or rhinoplasty. Choosing an implant can initially be difficult from the patient’s perspective. Chin implants come in a variety of sizes (ex. small to extra-large) and shapes (ex. extended, curvilinear, square). In addition, different materials are used in chin augmentation (ex. silicone, porous polyethylene, Medpor®). Silicone implants, however, are … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.