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Nonsurgical Brow Lift with Botox or Dysport

The eyebrow naturally falls and droops with age, especially the sides of the brow more than the area closer to the nose. This sagging tissue then crowds the upper eyes, making them appear smaller. A droopy brow can even decrease visual field in severe cases. A trip to the plastic surgeon’s office may be required to lift a fallen brow, with brow lift or forehead lift surgery as a permanent option for the brow. However, not all patients are candidates for surgery. Instead, wrinkle relaxers, such as Botox® or Dysport®, may be used as a temporary alternative to surgery to alter the shape and/or position … Continue reading »

Slimming the Face with Cheek Fat Reduction

Plastic surgeons are asked to reduce fat everywhere on the body, including the neck and face. Excess fat in the face, however, is often not just due to being overweight. In fact, many patients who consider themselves with “chubby cheeks” are slim and have appropriate weight. These patients are typically born with this excess facial fat, which normally doesn’t respond to a healthy diet or regular exercise. Patients who want to slim the face can consider cheek fat reduction surgery, also known as buccal fat reduction. The minor procedure removes a majority of this mid facial cheek fat via small incisions inside … Continue reading »

Incisions and Approaches in Lower Eyelid Surgery

Puffy lower eyelids and dark circles are common reasons to see a plastic surgeon. Some are born with excess fat or skin, while everyone develops cosmetic changes from natural aging. We’ve reviewed some options to improve the lower eyelid region, including nonsurgical filler injections for eye bags. Lower eyelid surgery, however, remains the standard for permanent change of a puffy eyelid. There are two main approaches to lower eyelid plastic surgery based on the location of the incision on the lower eyelid, outside or inside. External incision (subciliary approach) An incision is made just under the eyelashes along the length … Continue reading »

How to Get Rid of a Buffalo Hump, excess fat behind the neck

Modern life makes many spend hours looking down and staring at a screen, either on our phones, work computers, or slouched on the sofa watching television. With this predisposition for poor posture and other factors, more patients are developing excess fat behind the neck, otherwise known as buffalo hump or widow’s hump. What is a Buffalo Hump? Buffalo hump is a term used to describe extra fat pad behind your neck and between your shoulder blades. Plastic surgeons refer to this fat as the dorsocervical fat pad. This excess fat can give an “old lady” appearance. The extra volume behind the … Continue reading »

Botox vs. Fillers in Liquid Facelift

Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments performed in the office with minimal downtime continue to increase in popularity. Washington DC plastic surgery patients try to avoid surgery if possible and often choose liquid facelift procedures such as Botox®, Dysport®, and facial fillers (ex. Juvederm®, Restylane®, Belotero®) to enhance their appearance. With all these nonsurgical office injections available, it can be confusing to patients as to what is best. Botox or Dysport in Liquid Facelift Botox and Dysport are treatments that relax muscles and subsequently are used broadly in the face and neck areas by top plastic surgeons and dermatologists. These injections can be used … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.