Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

Chin Augmentation : Implant Materials

Many Washington DC area patients seek chin augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons. Some patients have always felt their chin was too small since childhood. Those who are considering rhinoplasty surgery may want better balance of the chin with the nose and face. Other patients with a “double chin” request a facelift or neck lift, but would better benefit with a chin implant instead to improve the jawline. The materials used to augment the chin have changed over the years. Historically, animal bone and cartilage has been used. For example, Marilyn Monroe had a chin implant with bovine (cow) … Continue reading »

Fat Injection: Compliment to Facelift Surgery

Fat is a natural component of the skin and tissues of the face, and attractive faces have a youthful fullness to the entire face due to primarily facial fat volume. Unfortunately, this facial fat gradually diminishes over time due to factors such as age and sun damage. While many Washington DC facelift patients request a plastic surgery to lift, tighten, and reduce sagging skin, their facial fat volume plays an important role in a healthy and vibrant appearing face lift result. Facial rejuvenation with fat injection uses many terms: liposculpture, fat transfer, autologous fat grafting, micro fat graft, fat augmentation, … Continue reading »

Full facelift: Rejuvenate from top to bottom

Plastic surgeons are often asked what is a full facelift, and how is different from a mini lift or short-scar facelift. The term facelift is used by plastic surgeons to generally refer to cosmetic surgery of the lower face, neck, and jaw line. A face lift reduces fat, tightens muscle, and removes excess or sagging skin of this lower facial area via incisions hidden around the ear and/or under the chin. A facelift that addresses the lower face may be called a mini lift, short-scar lift, SMAS lift, MACS lift, deep plane lift, or several other terms based on the … Continue reading »

Sutures in Otoplasty Surgery

Plastic surgery for protruding ears, otoplasty, reshapes ear cartilage to a more natural shape and helps bring the ears closer to the head. While many children have the procedure done, some patients wait until adulthood to have this plastic surgery.Plastic surgeons generally utilize 2 types of sutures during otoplasty. An incision is placed behind the ear, and external sutures are placed on the skin at the end of the procedure for closure. These stitches on the skin dissolve gradually over days/weeks. Internal sutures are used to reshape the ear cartilage. Most cosmetic surgeons will use permanent sutures on the cartilage, … Continue reading »

Non-surgical rhinoplasty: Cosmetic nasal surgery with Botox

Non-surgical facial enhancement with Botox or facial fillers offers several improvements of the lips, cheek, eyes, and forehead without traditional plastic surgery. More recently non-surgical techniques have been used to improve the nose without rhinoplasty surgery. Botox, while commonly used to reduce wrinkles, can also be used to improve the appearance of the nose. Plastic surgeons and rhinoplasty specialists use 3 methods to improve the nose with Botox, or similar office treatments such as Xeomin or Dysport: nasal bridge to reduce wrinkles, otherwise known as “bunny” lines sides of the nostrils to help prevent widening of the nostrils when one … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.