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Cheek augmentation with implants: Why plastic surgery may be a better option

Full, round cheeks are a universal sign of youth for both men and women, across nations and cultures. Unfortunately, the aging process and sun damage create flatter and sunken cheeks due to natural facial fat and bone loss, in addition to sagging of tissue. Facial fillers have grown in popularity over the years, as it’s a non-surgical option with minimal downtime performed by many cosmetic specialists. Some patients have avoided surgery due to factors such as lengthier recovery periods and fear of anesthesia. We spoke with a prominent facial cosmetic surgeon who used to perform many cheek implants (many years ago), but now … Continue reading »

Chemical peel for rejuvenated skin

Skin care can be thought of as the foundation to many other cosmetic treatments for facial youth and beauty. We’ve discussed basic skin care in a previous blog post, including topical ointments such as tretinoin. Once you’ve done all the basics, what is the next step for improve skin tone and smoothness? Other than wrinkle relaxers (ex. Botox®, Dysport®) and facial fillers (ex. Juvederm®, Restylane®, etc), it’s skin resurfacing! What is skin resurfacing? Skin resurfacing removes the top layers of skin to promote newer, fresher, and younger appearing skin. By exfoliating the skin, resurfacing can help improve skin surface irregularities, either from wrinkles … Continue reading »

Am I a good candidate for fat transfer for facial rejuvenation?

Fat transfer, also known as fat injection, is a popular option to rejuvenate the face, breasts, and buttocks. Patients like fat transfer procedures, since it uses one’s own fat to naturally augment a specific area. Fat transfer is a quick procedure, which may be performed by itself or combined with other procedures. What is the difference between fat transfer and fat injection? Cosmetic procedures with fat use many terms. All cosmetic surgery that includes placing fat into the face are essentially the same procedure. Fat is taken from one area via liposuction (ex. abdomen), then placed in another area that needs augmentation (ex. … Continue reading »

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 »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.