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Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Fat, Skin, or Both removed?

Blepharoplasty of the the upper eyelid rejuvenates the eyes, and the surgery is tailored to suit the needs of each patient. Excess skin is typically removed during upper eyelid surgery. A small amount of skin removal can dramatically improve one’s appearance and “open” the eyes, as the extra skin no longer covers the eyelashes. Occasionally, excess fat is also removed. Fat removal was more common years ago, while modern facial plastic and cosmetic surgeons tend to preserve facial fat. Sometimes the eyelid muscle needs to be lifted too, especially for those with very droopy eyelids. An eyelid lift for upper … Continue reading »

Bruising or Hematoma after Facelift Surgery

Bruising is very common with cosmetic surgery and not considered a complication with plastic surgery. I advise my Maryland face lift surgery patients to expect some degree of bruising and swelling after surgery. Skin bruising may even occur with non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as lip enhancement or Botox wrinkle treatment. On the other hand, a hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin which should normally be drained. Small blood collections can be observed and will be absorbed by the body. Hematoma is the most common complication with face lift surgery, with an overall estimated incidence of less than 5%. … Continue reading »

Non-surgical Rhinoplasty: Nose Job without Surgery

Non-surgical rhinoplasty has reemerged over the past few years as a popular option for certain patients. In the past, only silicone was injected into the nose, but now Maryland and northern Virginia rhinoplasty patients can choose from a variety of cosmetic injectable fillers. As the FDA has not yet approved the use of fillers for cosmetic injection into the nose, they are currently being used off-label. Fillers are typically injected into the bridge of the nose to help smooth depressions and irregularities. They may also be used to build the bridge and provide augmentation for flat or wide noses. Injectable fillers … Continue reading »

Topical Ointment after Facial Surgery – Vitamin E

I had an interesting conversation with my dermatology colleague in the DC office. The dermatologist recommended Vitamin E ointment to help reduce scarring after surgical procedures, such as excisions, skin biopsy, and mole removal. The dermatologist claimed facial incisions looked better after using topical Vitamin E. I’ve already talked a bit about ointments to help prevent facial scars in a previous blog post. So I asked her to review the medical literature again with me. Vitamin E ointment was not found to be any better than plain petrolatum for scar prevention. It did, however, contribute to skin allergy and contact dermatitis after prolonged use. These educational debates among … Continue reading »

Should Your Parents & Grandparents “Grow Old Gracefully?”

It doesn’t surprise anyone when friends or family members between the ages of 45 and 60 choose to undergo facial cosmetic surgery. After all, as we age, we’ll all experience sagging, bagging and wrinkling, which is particularly visible on our faces. Although I make every effort to help my Washington, DC patients age gracefully by utilizing Botox and dermal fillers, eventually they’ll need more correction than these non-surgical methods can provide. Ultimately, a facelift is the best choice for those with signs of facial aging. In my Virginia-area facial cosmetic practice, I’d estimate that 55 is the average age of … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.