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Treating Dark Under Eye Circles and Eye Bags

Dark circles, bags, wrinkles, and flat cheeks may negatively draw one’s attention to this facial area. As a result, we frequently see patients who request cosmetic improvement of their darks under eye circles and lower eye bags. Patients range in age, as cosmetic eyelid treatments are not just for “older” patients. People in their 20’s can have dark circles and eye bags due to genetics. Fortunately, lower eyelid bags and dark circles have many cosmetic treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical. What causes dark circles and eye bags? Lower eyelid bags and dark circles develop from a variety of factors. These … Continue reading »

Top 8 methods to reduce Winter Skin

No one wants dry skin. Supple, moist, hydrated skin is healthy skin. The cold weather, breezy winds, and dry forced air from heating systems all promote skin dehydration. It takes extra effort during the winter to properly keep moisture in the skin. Not only does good skin care help treat winter skin, it can help prevent wrinkles too. Below are some recommendations that plastic surgeons and dermatologists typically recommend to their patients. Cover up Skin dehydration starts once you step outside. Simply covering up with a scarf, hat, gloves, and a collar will help keep wind out and skin warmer. … Continue reading »

What to Expect during your first Botox® visit

Taking the first step and visiting a plastic surgeon can bring a certain level of anxiety in some cosmetic surgery patients. Some patients may not be sure what they need in order to look better and don’t want to appear uninformed in the office. Some may feel embarrassed or not be comfortable sharing their concerns with someone other than their significant other. Others may be apprehensive that the plastic surgeon may only recommend surgical procedures instead of nonsurgical treatments. After basic skin care, Botox is one of the earliest treatments patients consider to rejuvenate their appearance. It’s the first step for many. … Continue reading »

Tips to Hide Plastic Surgery during Recovery

Cosmetic surgery can improve a person’s appearance in the long-term. However, patients should also be prepared for the initial appearance after surgery, with anticipated bandages, stitches, bruising, distortion, and swelling. Prepare for a short period of “looking worse” before getting better. It’s easier to hide breast augmentation or body liposuction surgery from others, as compared to a facelift. We’re often asked about recovery after facial plastic surgery. Part of the reason is patients want to return to work soon and not take too much time off. In addition, facial surgery patients may want to hide their recovery after surgery. Fortunately, healing … Continue reading »

How to Reduce Swelling after Lip Injections and Botox®

Swelling is a common concern among cosmetic surgery patients. While surgical patients expect swelling (edema) after surgery, liquid lift patients with Botox or Restylane® should consider a certain degree of swelling too. Fortunately, this swelling after nonsurgical office treatments usually resolves quickly. Lip injection or Botox patients may return to work very soon after treatment, even the same day in many cases. Cosmetic surgery patients are typically proactive and often already utilize a variety of natural methods to reduce swelling. These plastic surgery swelling guidelines below generally apply to most procedures, including face lift or eyelid surgery. Swelling after Botox, facial fillers, and lip injections may last a few hours or day, possibly longer, depending … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.