Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

January 2018 Newsletter

Winter can be a magical time, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. Healthy skin is smooth, even-toned, and hydrated. During the winter months, cold weather, wind, and forced indoor air all work together to strip your skin of much-needed moisture. These dermatologist- and plastic surgeon-approved tips will help you maintain radiant skin all year long. Skip Exfoliation While exfoliation is generally part of a healthy skin care routine, it’s best to decrease the frequency or skip it all together during the winter months. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, but it can also strip your skin of the natural oils … Continue reading »

Early Recovery after Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

After nonsurgical cosmetic treatments (ex. liquid facelift), the eyes are often the first area patients consider for plastic surgery. Upper eyelid excess skin crowds the eye and covers the eyelashes. Natural changes from age and sun damage to the eyes can make them look tired or smaller. While nonsurgical injections of Botox® and Dysport® can help open up the eyes and elevate the brow, these office treatments provide temporary results. Certain conditions typically require surgery: loose or sagging skin that creates folds and covers eyelashes droopy upper eyelid that blocks vision fatty deposits in the eyelids that creates puffy appearance Upper … Continue reading »

Fill Flat Cheeks with Facial Fillers

Flat cheeks are undesirable for many patient across the Washington DC region. Some patients report flat cheeks or dark circles, while others may complain of sagging or droopy cheeks. Since fuller cheeks can be a sign of vitality and health, patients often request cheek enhancement in cosmetic surgery practices. Flat cheeks develop to various degrees naturally with age. However, flat cheeks and dark circles are often present from an early age. It’s not unusual to have patients in their 20’s visiting a plastic surgeon’s office to discuss flat cheeks or dark circles. Liquid lift of the cheeks Facial filler injections … Continue reading »

4 Reasons to get Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty, plastic surgery of the nose, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures worldwide. A large part of this popularity is that due to the several possible reasons patients may have to undergo nasal surgery. Nasal congestion A major reason to have rhinoplasty surgery is when a person has chronic trouble breathing through the nose. A deviated septum, swollen turbinates, and collapsed nostrils are the most common causes for chronic nasal congestion. Patients may then be mouth breathing and have snoring too. However, having a rhinoplasty procedure can improve the nasal passages. Some may take the opportunity to … Continue reading »

Repairing Gauge or Stretched Earlobes with Plastic Surgery

Some men and women consider repairing or reversing gauge earlobes, such as for required for certain work or for personal reasons. After stretching the earlobe, these patients want the gauge hole and earlobe to shrink back to normal size. Unfortunately, the earlobe doesn’t necessarily come back down to pre-gauge dimensions. Stretching the skin beyond 10 mm is considered “point of no return” where the earlobe will not close to a standard piercing size. Patients with such gauge earlobes will need plastic surgery for repair. Plastic surgeons refer to such procedures as split, torn, or stretched ear repair surgery. Gauge or … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.