Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

Lower eye bags: Too little or too much fat?

Lower eyelid bags develop from a variety of factors. One factor is excess fat around the eye itself. A majority of plastic surgery patients gain eye fat naturally with age. Signs of excess eye fat may first appear in the 30’s and progress gradually with time. Some patients are born with relatively excess eye fat and have lower eyelid bags early in life. A second factor of lower eye bags is actually too little fat in the area beneath or under the eye bag itself. This insufficient facial fat volume is gradually lost or shrinks with time. We all loose … Continue reading »

Female Beauty: Transformation of Male to Female Facial Appearance in Caitlyn Jenner

Female beauty has been studied and analyzed for ages, and women, more often than men, will seek methods to preserve or enhance their beauty. Open eyes, rounder cheeks, fuller lips, smaller nose, and smaller lower jawline are characteristics of feminine beauty. Cosmetic treatments, with or without plastic surgery, allow women to achieve these desired aesthetic results. One of the biggest female plastic surgery news items now is transgender revelation of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner). Transgender patients don’t want to be a “man in woman’s clothing”, and as a result may seek plastic surgery of the face and body to … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical cheek enhancement options for long-term results

The cheek and midfacial area have many options to improve sunken cheeks, wrinkles, and lower eyelid bags. Years ago, plastic surgery was the only option with a cheek lift. Fat was reduced, skin removed, and muscle tightened with incisions hidden around the eyelid and face. Nowadays, non-surgical cheek enhancement with facial fillers is a very popular option to improve the midfacial area. The main options are the hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero, which provide necessary volume to sunken cheeks and last approximately 6 months to 1 year for many patients. Longer lasting results, however, are achieved … Continue reading »

Hyaluronic acid fillers not first option for forehead wrinkles

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero, have become popular treatments to reverse the signs of aging and rejuvenate the face. Appropriate for all adult patients, these facial fillers are often used in and around the lips, otherwise known as the smile lines or nasolabial folds. Hyaluronic acid fillers can also improve lower eyelid bags, thus avoiding plastic surgery. Facial fillers treat wrinkles by filling or plumping up the “valley” of the wrinkle and adding volume. However, the forehead is not a a common treatment area for hyaluronic acid fillers. The horizontal wrinkles of the forehead are by … Continue reading »

Cheek Enhancement: Fillers, Implants, or Lift?

The cheek and midfacial area have the benefit of many treatment options to improve appearance. However, with this large variety comes confusion as to what approach is the best for cheek rejuvenation.Cheek enhancement procedures generally fall into 3 broad categories: fillers, implants, and lift. Cosmetic cheek treatment with fillers, by far, are the most common option. This popularity is due to the relatively low-short-term cost, quick recovery, and low risk. Additionally, more cosmetic specialists and dermatologists may perform filler treatment, while a cheek implant or a cheek lift is performed only by plastic surgeons or facial plastic surgeons. A non-surgical … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.