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Tips to Hide Plastic Surgery during Recovery

Cosmetic surgery can improve a person’s appearance in the long-term. However, patients should also be prepared for the initial appearance after surgery, with anticipated bandages, stitches, bruising, distortion, and swelling. Prepare for a short period of “looking worse” before getting better. It’s easier to hide breast augmentation or body liposuction surgery from others, as compared to a facelift. We’re often asked about recovery after facial plastic surgery. Part of the reason is patients want to return to work soon and not take too much time off. In addition, facial surgery patients may want to hide their recovery after surgery. Fortunately, healing … Continue reading »

How to Reduce Swelling after Lip Injections and Botox®

Swelling is a common concern among cosmetic surgery patients. While surgical patients expect swelling (edema) after surgery, liquid lift patients with Botox or Restylane® should consider a certain degree of swelling too. Fortunately, this swelling after nonsurgical office treatments usually resolves quickly. Lip injection or Botox patients may return to work very soon after treatment, even the same day in many cases. Cosmetic surgery patients are typically proactive and often already utilize a variety of natural methods to reduce swelling. These plastic surgery swelling guidelines below generally apply to most procedures, including face lift or eyelid surgery. Swelling after Botox, facial fillers, and lip injections may last a few hours or day, possibly longer, depending … Continue reading »

The End to Antiaging

The term antiaging is out, as promoted by the beauty publication Allure. Problems with Antiaging What’s the problem with anti-aging? First, this language of antiaging is often vague. Various creams, peels, injections, devices, and cosmetic treatments claim to be anti-aging. What does antiaging actually mean? Less eye bags, lifted skin, smoother wrinkles, etc? We know that even young patients can have dark circles, wrinkles, and eye bags. They don’t need to be “antiaged”. Second, and more importantly, the term may also constitute age shaming or ageism. Antiaging implies that aging itself is something to avoid. However, as we know, growing older … Continue reading »

Botox® vs. Dysport®, is one better for facial wrinkles?

Botox is one of the most popular treatments in a plastic surgery office. As part of a liquid facelift, it can be used for a variety of treatments to smooth forehead wrinkles, raise eyebrows, soften smoker’s lines, slim the jawline, and lift the neck. These office procedures have minimal downtime to prevent and treat wrinkles. Over 20 years ago, Botox was used just for medical treatments, such as for eyes muscle spasms and twitches. Botox is still being used for many non-cosmetic purposes. Doctors who used Botox in the face subsequently noticed that their patients had smoother skin. The rest is history. … Continue reading »

What is healthy skin?

Patients often ask their facial plastic surgeon for skin care advice to get healthy skin. Facial plastic surgeons have an added perspective as they treat all the tissues of the face, eyes, and neck and perform both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help one look their best. Healthy skin has various qualities. It’s not just youthful per se. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons consider healthy skin as smooth, even color, firm, hydrated, protective, full, and free of imperfections. Treatments to achieve healthy skin can be divided into preventative, therapeutic, and maintenance with treatments overlapping in purpose. For example, daily sunblock achieves all … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.