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A normal smile after chin surgery with an implant

Chin augmentation surgery with an implant is a good option to consider when one wants to improve submental fullness (ie. double chin), define the neck or jawline with or without a face lift, reduce the distraction of a relatively large nose, or create better facial proportion. Given that this involves a surgical procedure around the mouth, potential chin implant candidates are concerned that chin implant surgery could result in a crooked smile. A smile after all is the best, natural facelift. But can a chin implant affect the smile? Chin implants can be placed either via an incision inside the mouth or … Continue reading »

Botox® Brow Lift – Lifting the eyebrow without cosmetic surgery

Appropriately shaped, arched, or elevated eyebrows are sought after by many patients seeking to enhance their appearance. The numerous stand alone eyebrow threading and waxing businesses speak to the popularity of having good looking eyebrows. However, a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office may be required to alter the position or shape of the eyebrow. Wrinkle relaxers (i.e. Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®) can be used to alter the shape and/or position of the eyebrows, not just smooth the skin. – Houtan Chaboki, MD The eyebrow naturally falls and droops with age, with the sides of the brow being most affected. Some … Continue reading »

Upper eyelid surgery can be performed via local anesthesia

Fear of anesthesia is one factor that deters patients from undergoing cosmetic surgery. The prospect of anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia may give patients anxiety. Fortunately, plastic surgeons can perform a variety of plastic surgery procedures strictly via local anesthesia, defined as numbing the operative area without any sedation. Patients are awake, alert, and comfortable during these types of procedures. Upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed via local anesthesia. The only discomfort patient have described during upper eyelid surgery is the initial numbing medication. The numbing medication works quickly and provides comfort during … Continue reading »

Minimally invasive procedures lead in plastic surgery offices

Less is more when it comes to plastic surgery. Whether it’s non-surgical treatments or plastic surgery, patients want to look themselves, but only better. The quicker recovery with generally less downtime and bruising with minimally invasive procedures are more appealing too. Aesthetic procedures of Botox Cosmetic® and hyaluronic acid fillers (ex. Restylane®, Juvederm®, Belotero®) continue to grow and be the most popular non-surgical treatments among men and women. This 2015 survey was performed by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of its members, board certified surgeons who specialize in plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck. It’s … Continue reading »

Neck liposuction vs. Kybella® for treatment of submental fullness from fat

Neck fat unfortunately develops with age and is somewhat resistant to improvement with diet and exercise. Excess neck fat is one of the factors that leads to submental fullness. Other factors that contribute to the appearance of a “fat” neck include a small chin bone, sagging neck skin, loose neck muscle (platysmal bands), and droopy glands. Neck liposuction was the traditional method used to improve the cosmetic appearance of a fatty neck. Liposuction works by immediate fat reduction, followed by some skin tightening that naturally occurs over the next few months. Neck liposuction can be combined with a facelift, neck lift, or … Continue reading »

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.