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Double chin treatment – Kybella® vs. Coolsculpting® for Neck Fat Reduction

No one likes a double chin. Excess neck fat is one of many factors that leads to a double chin, otherwise known as submental fullness. Unfortunately, fat under the chin can develop naturally with age and doesn’t usually go away adequately with diet and exercise alone. Neck fat is stubborn! Plastic surgeons consider neck liposuction (also known as chin liposuction) as the “gold standard” to improve the cosmetic appearance of a double chin from fat. Neck liposuction immediately reduces fat, followed by some skin tightening that naturally occurs over the next few months. Neck liposuction can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures as desired, such as a facelift, … Continue reading »

Botox away your Resting Bitch Face

“Why don’t you smile more? You don’t seem happy.” Not just a name, but resting bitch face (RBF) is an actual “condition” which has been studied. RBF, also known as Bitchy Resting Face or Resting Angry Face, has been popularized (intentionally or unintentionally) by celebrities such as Anna Kendrick, Anna Paquin, and Kristen Stewart. RBF gives others looking at you the perception that you’re feeling bored, angry, irritated, or skeptical. If you don’t want to convey these emotions, then RBF could be problematic. “Are you O.K? Is something wrong?” Behavioral scientists studied the question of why some faces appear expressionless or neutral, but … Continue reading »

Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery may modify skin, muscle, and/or fat

Cosmetic surgery of the upper face and eyes is generally considered earlier as compared to the lower face. For many, the eyes show the signs of age first. Wrinkles, loose skin, excess fat, and sagging tissue may create a hooded appearance and smaller eyes. Patients often ask to remove all the excess tissue. However, plastic surgeons carefully modify the skin, muscle, and/or fat of the upper eyelid for a rejuvenated appearance. Wrinkle relaxers, such as Botox® and Dysport®, can smooth the wrinkles around the eyes and slightly lift the brow. However, non-surgical treatments in the office don’t directly address eyelid skin, muscle, or fat. In addition, results … Continue reading »

Natural methods to reduce swelling after plastic surgery

Plastic surgery patients should expect a certain degree of swelling (edema) after cosmetic surgery. Even non-surgical liquid lift patients with Botox® or Restylane® may have some swelling. Fortunately, swelling after plastic surgery usually resolves with time. Cosmetic surgery patients may proactively help reduce post-treatment swelling via a variety of natural methods. We’ve reviewed rhinoplasty swelling in a previous post. Swelling after plastic surgery lasts for several months, even up to a year or longer, depending on multiple factors. Fortunately, a majority of the swelling resolves soon after plastic surgery. Typically, only the patient may notice residual swelling, as the area operated upon doesn’t normally draw attention from friends, family, or strangers after … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical facelift with threads

Many cosmetic patients want to lift their face, neck, cheeks, and eyes. However, some patients are averse to or not appropriate candidates for facial surgery. Alternative options such as wrinkles relaxers and facial fillers can improve one’s appearance without surgery, but these don’t really lift skin like surgery does. Patients’ desire for less downtime after plastic surgery has some plastic surgeons and dermatologists using threads or sutures to lift the skin without surgery. But do threads work? What is a thread lift? Thread lift procedures are an alternative to facelift surgery, which may provide a temporary solution to improving one’s appearance. The idea is to “lift” … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.