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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 »

Plastic surgery to reverse signs of facial aging

  Gravity or drooping is only one aspect of looking older. Shrinking, shriveling, thinning, frowning, and discoloring play a role too in appearing older. Each of this varying aspects of facial aging play a different role in everyone. One may look older due to droopy eyes, while another has a “tired” appearance from sunken cheeks. In addition, each area ages differently. Dark circles and lower eyelid bags tend to develop much earlier, as compared to a droopy nasal tip. The above infographic on the aging face is from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, board certified surgeons who specialize in plastic … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.