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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 »

How tight is the skin pulled in a face lift?

Cosmetic facial surgery has evolved over the years, but generally still involves tissue (i.e. skin, muscle, fat) repositioning, tightening, and/or reduction. A face lift rejuvenates the lower face, neck, and jawline by modifying skin, muscle, and fat via incisions that are hidden in natural curves and crevices around the ear and hairline. “The deeper fat and muscle layer, rather than the skin, is the secret to face lift surgery.” – Houtan Chaboki, MD Historically, early face lifts only pulled on the the skin. Plastic surgeons at the time only had a basic understanding of facial anatomy and physiology. The results of … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty swelling months and years after plastic surgery

Swelling after plastic surgery is a concern for many patients. “When will I look normal?” is often asked by Washington DC area patients who want to get back to work without drawing unnecessary attention. A previous blog post reviewed some methods to help reduce swelling after facial cosmetic surgery, such as avoiding excess salt, using arnica montana tablets, and keeping the head elevated. Rhinoplasty swelling lasts for several months, even up to a year or longer. Fortunately, a majority of the swelling resolves soon after surgery. The nose may swell a little bit before shrinking back down after the nasal cast comes … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.