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2.5 years after Upper Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty)

Despite the huge popularity of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments (ex. liquid facelift), surgery has not been replaced. Some facial areas still do better with surgery, especially for long-term results. Certain skin conditions, such as skin laxity or loose skin, are also better candidates for surgery. The upper eye area is one region that patients choose surgery commonly. Excess skin develops in the upper eyelid and the eyebrow droops gradually with time. The combination of these changes crowds the eye. The eyes can appear smaller, which may give the impression of fatigue, disinterest, or worried appearance to bystanders. Women may also complain of … Continue reading »

Cheek Augmentation with Fillers

Full cheeks can be a sign of vitality and health, and many Washington DC patients visit a plastic surgeon to enhance their cheeks. Some may complain of flat cheeks or dark circles, while others may complain of sagging or droopy cheeks. One of the early signs of facial aging is loss of volume, especially of the cheeks. With natural fat and bone loss, the “apple” cheeks of youth gradually flatten with age. Some patients, however, may have flat cheeks and dark circles from an early age. Facial volume loss can become apparent in the late 20s, but more noticeable in … Continue reading »

Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty – Which is better?

The two methods for surgical rhinoplasty are closed (endonasal) and open (external). Every patient wants to know what is the best plastic surgery method for the nose. However, ask any plastic surgeon and they will tell you there isn’t necessarily a “best”. Each method has its pros and cons, with proponents on each side. Closed or Endonasal Rhinoplasty Closed rhinoplasty, also known as endonasal, involves incisions confined to the inside of your nose. External sutures are not required to reshape the nose with this method. Many parts of the nose may be modified with this approach, including the tip and hump. A … Continue reading »

Botox® or Filler for forehead lines (or both!)

Forehead lines can be some of the first wrinkles patients notice. Wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes may make one look tired or angry. Smoother skin is goal for others seeking treatment. Regardless of the reasons treatment, improving forehead lines is common in a cosmetic surgery practice. Botox for forehead lines Botox has been the most popular treatment to soften forehead wrinkles for years. Another more recent option is Dysport®, which works in a similar fashion. Both of these treat wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that contribute to wrinkles. Once the muscle is relaxed, the skin relaxes and … Continue reading »

October 2017 Newsletter

As we age, our faces change. Many people develop excess skin and fat in their top eyelids. Others may notice that their brows have descended over the years, causing them to look tired or angry. When it comes to addressing these issues and rejuvenating the eye area, a popular course of action is often a brow lift and/or upper blepharoplasty. Brow Lift There are 2 general types of brow lifts — traditional and limited incision. Both procedures lift the forehead and brows, but they use different techniques. The traditional brow lift, still applicable in appropriate cases, involves an incision along … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.