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Off-label use of wrinkle relaxers and facial fillers in cosmetic surgery

Non-surgical cosmetic facial treatments continue to increase in popularity. We covered this trend in previous blog posts. Other than wrinkle relaxers (ex. Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®), facial fillers are the next most common non-surgical facial treatments. Wrinkle relaxers temporarily reduce wrinkles around the eyes. Facial fillers are injectable gels that are placed in a variety of places in the face to reduce wrinkles and improve one’s appearance. Wrinkle relaxers and facial fillers are usually FDA approved within the US for specific use in a particular facial area. “On-label” means using a drug or device in the specific manner as approved by the … Continue reading »

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 »

May 2016 Newsletter

Easing Your Facelift Recovery The results of a facelift procedure are exciting for my Washington, DC, patients and most can’t wait to complete the healing process to see a refreshed version of themselves. However, many patients are hesitant to undergo the surgery because they fear a difficult recovery process. I completely understand this concern and always remind them that visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facelift procedures will help to ensure that your recovery is swift. The proper qualifications can help minimize any potential bruising, swelling, and prolonged healing. While I hope you feel safe with me as your … Continue reading »

Brow vs bleph? Lift the brow and/or the upper eyelid with plastic surgery

Women and men typically start to consider upper eyelid surgery due to natural aging in their 40’s. While some patients may benefit from eyelid surgery at an earlier age, patients more commonly have upper eyelid area surgery after age 40. An upper blepharoplasty (i.e eyelid surgery) removes excess skin and fat from the top eyelid, but does not directly change the eyebrow. A brow lift lifts the eyebrow, primarily from the sides of the brow but may also improve the area closer to the nose too. For some patients, a brow lift alone may help improve the appearance of the … Continue reading »

6 things to know before Kybella® treatment to improve a double chin

  Neck liposuction is the traditional, time-tested method to reduce neck fat and shape the jawline. It’s a quick procedure with minimal downtime. Liposuction can be combined with other procedures, such as a facelift, neck lift, or chin implant to further improve one’s double chin or submental fullness. Recently, however, an FDA-approved non-surgical alternative to neck liposuction is available in plastic surgery and dermatology offices. Kybella is an office treatment used to improve, without surgery, submental fullness from excess neck fat. As with the increased popularity of other non-surgical treatments, patients are looking to enhance their appearance without plastic surgery. Expect some swelling early … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.