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Plastic surgery to reverse signs of facial aging

  Gravity or drooping is only one aspect of looking older. Shrinking, shriveling, thinning, frowning, and discoloring play a role too in appearing older. Each of this varying aspects of facial aging play a different role in everyone. One may look older due to droopy eyes, while another has a “tired” appearance from sunken cheeks. In addition, each area ages differently. Dark circles and lower eyelid bags tend to develop much earlier, as compared to a droopy nasal tip. The above infographic on the aging face is from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, board certified surgeons who specialize in plastic … Continue reading »

Laser skin rejuvenation in cosmetic dermatology

The field of cosmetic medicine and dermatology has exploded from three main factors: wrinkle relaxers (i.e. Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®), facial fillers (i.e. Restylane®, Juvederm®, Belotero®), and laser rejuvenation. We’ve previously discussed how the non-surgical cosmetic treatments have grown exponentially and will likely continue to grow in the foreseeable future. Patients can be overwhelmed with variety of choices to improve their appearance. With laser rejuvenation, there is an additional layer of complex, technical information that can be hard to decipher. The traditional ablative laser surgery with a CO2 laser used to be the only option to rejuvenate the skin. The CO2 laser would remove … Continue reading »

Cheek augmentation with implants: Why plastic surgery may be a better option

Full, round cheeks are a universal sign of youth for both men and women, across nations and cultures. Unfortunately, the aging process and sun damage create flatter and sunken cheeks due to natural facial fat and bone loss, in addition to sagging of tissue. Facial fillers have grown in popularity over the years, as it’s a non-surgical option with minimal downtime performed by many cosmetic specialists. Some patients have avoided surgery due to factors such as lengthier recovery periods and fear of anesthesia. We spoke with a prominent facial cosmetic surgeon who used to perform many cheek implants (many years ago), but now … Continue reading »

Chemical peel for rejuvenated skin

Skin care can be thought of as the foundation to many other cosmetic treatments for facial youth and beauty. We’ve discussed basic skin care in a previous blog post, including topical ointments such as tretinoin. Once you’ve done all the basics, what is the next step for improve skin tone and smoothness? Other than wrinkle relaxers (ex. Botox®, Dysport®) and facial fillers (ex. Juvederm®, Restylane®, etc), it’s skin resurfacing! What is skin resurfacing? Skin resurfacing removes the top layers of skin to promote newer, fresher, and younger appearing skin. By exfoliating the skin, resurfacing can help improve skin surface irregularities, either from wrinkles … Continue reading »

Am I a good candidate for fat transfer for facial rejuvenation?

Fat transfer, also known as fat injection, is a popular option to rejuvenate the face, breasts, and buttocks. Patients like fat transfer procedures, since it uses one’s own fat to naturally augment a specific area. Fat transfer is a quick procedure, which may be performed by itself or combined with other procedures. What is the difference between fat transfer and fat injection? Cosmetic procedures with fat use many terms. All cosmetic surgery that includes placing fat into the face are essentially the same procedure. Fat is taken from one area via liposuction (ex. abdomen), then placed in another area that needs augmentation (ex. … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.