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Combination of surgical and nonsurgical procedures in demand

With the large variety of cosmetic facial procedures, it can be overwhelming for patients to choose the “best” procedure while in a plastic surgery office. Skin can be relaxed, resurfaced, refilled, and rejuvenated with surgical and nonsurgical methods. As plastic surgery has generally become more common, combining procedures has increased in popularity. Why choose just one procedure? Below are just some examples from Dr. Chaboki for those who want combination facial procedures: Botox® injections in-between the eyes to soften furrows, and upper blepharoplasty to remove excess skin and open the eyes. Chin augmentation with a silicone implant and Botox jaw reduction to slim … Continue reading »

Your overbite predisposes you to a double chin

Facial plastic surgeons are often asked what are the “best” options to improve one’s appearance. Whether it’s the neck for a facelift or the eyes for blepharoplasty, a plastic surgeon will examine the entire face as part of the consultation. In addition, the best plastic surgeons look inside at the mouth and check the teeth for an overbite too. Why check the teeth? Your teeth affect your appearance, not just your smile. Patients with an overbite, or prior history of an overbite, are predisposed to having a double chin (i.e. submental fullness). The lower jaw bone in patients with an overbite will often … Continue reading »

1 week after otoplasty, cosmetic ear surgery

We previously reviewed a woman who had facelift surgery via local anesthesia in our blog. Did you know that many other facial plastic surgery procedures are routinely performed via local anesthesia? Washington DC plastic surgery patients are familiar with a liquid facelift with Botox®, Dysport®, Kybella®, and facial fillers that are all performed with local anesthesia. However, many of the top cosmetic surgeons also perform several plastic surgical procedures with local anesthesia too. What surgical procedures of the face can be performed via local anesthesia? Minor procedures in a limited facial area that is completed within a couple hours are more likely to be performed with local anesthesia. Complex surgery, … Continue reading »

You are not a candidate for Kybella, nonsurgical neck fat reduction

Patients come to a facial plastic surgeon to improve the appearance of their eyes, neck, and skin. Most Washington DC plastic surgery patients, however, would like to avoid surgery if possible. The reluctance for surgery in some patients is multifactorial, which may include apprehension of recovery, discomfort, or looking “overdone”. As a result, non-surgical cosmetic procedures continue to increase in popularity. Neck fat, a factor of submental fullness, is a common aesthetic concern for many. Excess neck fat may be present at an early age, but develops in everyone as we age. Neck fat reduction has traditionally only been limited to neck liposuction … Continue reading »

Upper eyelid surgery in Asian patients to create a fold: incision or suture technique

Blepharoplasty (i.e. eyelid surgery) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Asian countries. Patients seeking blepharoplasty consider bigger eyes more attractive and request more “open” eyes. Prior to having plastic surgery, they have used tape or glue in the upper eyelid to temporarily create the effect of a double eyelid. We’ve reviewed Asian eyelid surgery in a previous blog post. Here we review some of the technical differences between the two major plastic surgery approaches for double eyelid surgery: suture and incisional. Why does the eyelid lack a crease in Asian eyelids? The upper eyelid crease or fold is often absent, which allows … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.