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Nasal congestion or allergies and your plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty

We see many patients in our downtown Washington DC plastic surgery office, many of whom are interested in rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of the nose. Reducing a bump, narrowing or lifting the nasal tip, or improving symmetry are some of the most requested cosmetic improvements. Many patients may see a rhinoplasty specialist because they want to also breathe better thorough their nose. Plastic surgeons and rhinoplasty specialists should examine the entire nose, inside and out, during consultation. You should discuss nasal congestion, allergies, and related medications with your plastic surgeon. While one may not experience nasal congestion or allergies before rhinoplasty, these … Continue reading »

Restylane® injections to improve lower eyelid bags without surgery

Facial fillers allow plastic surgeons to rejuvenate the face without plastic surgery. In addition to wrinkle relaxers (i.e. Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®), facial fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in plastic surgery offices. Facial fillers (also known as dermal fillers or wrinkle fillers) can achieve a “face lift” through a variety of methods such as reducing wrinkles, enhancing lips, and augmenting cheeks. The results with facial fillers can help maintain and/or refresh without the downtime of traditional plastic surgery. Facial fillers may be used before, after, or in addition to plastic surgery for each patient’s specific goals. Unlike … Continue reading »

A normal smile after chin surgery with an implant

Chin augmentation surgery with an implant is a good option to consider when one wants to improve submental fullness (ie. double chin), define the neck or jawline with or without a face lift, reduce the distraction of a relatively large nose, or create better facial proportion. Given that this involves a surgical procedure around the mouth, potential chin implant candidates are concerned that chin implant surgery could result in a crooked smile. A smile after all is the best, natural facelift. But can a chin implant affect the smile? Chin implants can be placed either via an incision inside the mouth or … Continue reading »

Botox® Brow Lift – Lifting the eyebrow without cosmetic surgery

Appropriately shaped, arched, or elevated eyebrows are sought after by many patients seeking to enhance their appearance. The numerous stand alone eyebrow threading and waxing businesses speak to the popularity of having good looking eyebrows. However, a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office may be required to alter the position or shape of the eyebrow. Wrinkle relaxers (i.e. Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®) can be used to alter the shape and/or position of the eyebrows, not just smooth the skin. – Houtan Chaboki, MD The eyebrow naturally falls and droops with age, with the sides of the brow being most affected. Some … Continue reading »

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 »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.