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Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

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 »

Liposuction of the neck and jowls to reduce a double chin

A double chin, also known as submental fullness, develops in patients from a combination of factors, including natural aging. Some young and thin patients can have a double chin, starting from a much earlier age. It’s not just from excess weight. A physical examination can help reveal why a particular patient has a double chin. The neck and chin area are primarily affected by factors which include skin, fat, and bone. The neck glands and muscle may also influence the appearance and contribute to a double chin. What is neck liposuction? Liposuction of the jawline, jowls, chin, and neck is very … Continue reading »

Can Cosmetic Surgery help you Quit Smoking?

Even with the common knowledge that smoking (and vaping) is bad for your health, quitting smoking is difficult for many people. Recent research suggests that cosmetic surgery may help convince some patients to quit for good, if not at least reduce the smoking habit. Smoking predisposes you to facial aging First, smoking makes you look older. Many factors, such as sun damage, prematurely age you. Plastic surgeons have stressed the importance of preventative techniques to limit skin damage and to maintain a youthful and energetic appearance. Basic skin care involves adequate hydration, sleep, and sun protection. It also includes not smoking. For … Continue reading »

Broken Nose Repair – Restoring and Improving Nasal Form

Deviated noses are commonly seen in a facial plastic surgery practice. A deviated nose may develop naturally as the nose develops from childhood or following nasal injury and trauma. The nose, since it projects from the face, tends to get a more of the facial injuries. What is a broken nose? A broken nose typically refer to fractures of the nasal bones. However, the cartilage and tissue of the nose and nasal septum may be injured as well. Some signs and symptoms of a broken nose may include: a deviated, crooked, or twisted nose bruising and swelling pain, discomfort, tenderness nasal congestion a nose bleed … Continue reading »

July 2017 Newsletter

It’s finally summer, which means that your social calendar is likely pretty packed. Between hopping from graduations to weddings to barbecues and more, you may be considering cosmetic treatments to help you look your best. While wrinkle relaxers (like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®) are great for smoothing out forehead lines, they can be used for so much more, including: Reducing excessive sweating: During the summer, many people are worried about excessive sweating. Muscle relaxers can help! The active ingredient in muscle relaxers can block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for activating sweat glands, which reduces the amount of … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.