Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

October 2016 Newsletter

What is it? A liquid facelift is a non-surgical solution for patients who want to enhance and rejuvenate their face without surgery. This treatment uses a combination of injections to fill hollows and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. What are my options? There are lots of options for patients interested in a liquid facelift. Options are often combined with other treatments to provide the most natural-looking results. Here’s a few: Fat Transfer – During this treatment fat is removed from a part of the body and used to fill areas of the face. Fat is often obtained from the abdomen, … Continue reading »

Regenerative medicine in cosmetic facial surgery

Regenerative medicine has become more popular in many fields of medicine, including orthopedic surgery, neurology, and endocrinology. Regenerative medicine is a process of replacing, repairing, or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs by utilizing the body’s own self-healing ability. Plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons are using similar regenerative medicine techniques for anti-aging in cosmetic facial procedures. What is regenerative medicine? Regenerative medicine broadly involves three areas: stem cells growth factors platelet rich plasma or platelet rich fibrin matrix Stems cells are cells that have the potential to differentiate into other cells and may exert an effect on surrounding tissue. Adult stem … Continue reading »

Chin augmentation: Why use a silicone implant?

Chin augmentation is requested by all types of patients: young/old, male/female, etc. Patients describe wanting a more defined chin, neck, or jawline. Chin augmentation not only improves a weak chin, but secondarily can enhance the appearance of other facial areas such as the nose, neck, and cheeks. Chin augmentation can be performed by three methods and various materials: facial filler – hyaluronic acid gel (ex. Juvederm®, Voluma®), calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse®) implant – silicone, porous polyethylene (Medpor®), polyethylene terephthalate (Mersilene®) bone surgery – titanium with sliding genioplasty or orthognathic surgery Plastic surgeons generally perform all types of chin augmentations procedures, but chin … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty: a liquid lift of the nose

Nasal surgery with rhinoplasty and septoplasty remains one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures worldwide, especially in younger patients. For these younger patients, Botox® and facial filler injections are also very popular procedures to enhance the face. It was natural that at some point these fillers and Botox treatments would be used to reshape the nose without surgery, otherwise known as a liquid lift of the nose. Facial fillers Cosmetic surgeons use a large variety of facial fillers to rejuvenate the face, but hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular for the nose. Restylane® and Belotero® are examples of hyaluronic acid … Continue reading »

Skin cancer reduction with coffee and tea

Skin cancer affects patients of all skin types and ages. While occurring more commonly in older patients with lighter skin, skin cancer can develop in everyone, including younger and darker skinned patients too. The main types of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. By far the most common skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, and this type occurs more likely in areas with increased sun exposure. The nose and face, being most exposed to the sun, is thus more likely to develop skin cancer and commonly has basal cell cancers. How can one reduce the risk of … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.