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Large nose and small chin in a rhinoplasty patient

“Why does the plastic surgeon look at my chin when evaluating my nose for rhinoplasty? I just want to make my nose smaller.” Rhinoplasty patients who are looking to reduce the size of their nose may ask this question. Plastic surgeons, however, will examine the chin during a rhinoplasty consultation for a couple of key reasons. First, plastic surgeons and rhinoplasty specialists often look at the entire face before focusing on a specific area. Generally, one wants to reduce attention from certain areas or features (e.g., nose, wrinkles, etc) and bring attention to other areas (ex. eyes, lips, etc) for … Continue reading »

Do I need a septoplasty with cosmetic rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures. In fact, rhinoplasty has been the most commonly requested facial surgical procedure for several years. Patients worldwide request rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons: to reduce a bump, lift the nasal tip, or improve symmetry. Patients with a deviated septum also often wonder if they require septoplasty in addition to rhinoplasty. Septoplasty is surgery to improve a deviated septum, a very common problem. The nasal septum is a wall of cartilage and bone that divides the nose into right and left passageways. Often due to natural growth during facial development, a portion of this cartilage … Continue reading »

Facial fat reduction: Buccal or mid cheek fat pad

Washington cosmetic surgery patients often ask for liposuction of the face and cheeks when they think they have too much fat. Liposuction is a great option for the neck and jowls. However, liposuction is not a good option for the face or cheeks. Liposuction works better for large, broad regions, such as the neck, abdomen, and thighs. Liposuction doesn’t work as well for small areas of excess fat, such as the face and cheeks. Plastic surgery with fat reduction is normally a better option for these smaller areas, with lower risk and more natural results. Patients who report excess facial … Continue reading »

Social media and the increase in facial plastic surgery

Social media has increased the number of patients seeking facial plastic surgery in Washington DC and across the world! According to the 2015 survey performed by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1 in 3 facial plastic surgeons say patients are seeking procedures to look better in selfies and social media. This plastic surgery survey questioned its members, board certified surgeons who specialize in plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck. The exponential rise of video and photos via telephones and tablets has made everyone more notice their double chins, wrinkled skin, and eye bags. In addition, one’s … Continue reading »

Treating a double chin or submental fullness: Liposuction, Chin implant, or Facelift?

A double chin is an undesirable feature than many Washingtonians address with plastic surgery. A double chin can be congenital (genetics), develop with age naturally, or result from weight gain. Submental fullness is another term plastic surgeons may use for a double chin. With the great increase in video and photos from telephones and tablets, patients have more often noticed their double chin, also due to tilting the chin downward which worsens the appearance of the neck. We previously discussed this modern phenomena of the “facetime facelift”. Due to the regional anatomy, a double chin or submental fullness may require multiple … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.