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4 Injections to Treat Scars

Wrinkles, puffy eyes, and loose skin are only part of a plastic surgeon’s day in the office. Scars and scar tissue also play a role in every plastic surgeon’s practice spectrum. Every surgery, and many nonsurgical treatments, will have scar tissue. Some patients are predisposed to scarring. Plastic surgeons offer these injections both to prevent and minimize scars and to treat scar tissue that has formed in appropriate patients. The primary methods to treat scars with injections include steroids 5FU hyaluronidase filler Injections can help flatten, thin, and fade scars to improve the appearance, soften scars to reduce tethering or … Continue reading »

Softening Smile Lines with Facial Fillers

What are Facial Fillers? Briefly, facial fillers allow a plastic surgeon to enhance one’s appearance without surgery. Fillers are soft gels injected into the skin and tissue to help augment areas that need volume. Facial fillers allow a surgeon to sculpt and contour the face for a rejuvenated appearance with less downtime as compared to surgery. Some filler brands include Restylane®, Juvederm®, and Belotero®. Fillers are temporary, with results ranging from a few months to several years. Duration of results depend on many factors, including specific filler material and facial region that is treated. We’ve reviewed nonsurgical cosmetic treatments with … Continue reading »

Breathe Better, Snore Less

Nasal obstruction, limited airflow through the nose, is a common complaint of patients who are seeking rhinoplasty. However, chronic nasal obstruction affects many more patients that those seeking rhinoplasty and affects millions of individuals. Patients with nasal obstruction typically visit the primary care physician first before seeking specialist care. Nasal obstruction can present with symptoms such as congestion, blocked sinuses, narrow nasal passages, or stuffy nose. Other symptoms or signs of nasal obstruction may include decreased smell, snoring, post nasal drip, dry mouth, headaches, mouth breathing, or chronic dental issues (ex. TMJ). Breath better. What is Nasal Obstruction? Chronic nasal obstruction … Continue reading »

3 Different Types of Upper Eyelid Surgery

Blépharon is the Greek word for eyelid. Blepharoplasty is the medical term for plastic surgery of the eyelid, either lower or upper. Some who want a more enhanced rejuvenation of the eyes may choose a “quad blepharoplasty”, where both upper and lower eyelid surgery is performed. Upper blepharoplasty is very popular and falls into three general groups of patients: Wrinkled eyelid, Droopy eyelid, Asian eyelid. Men or women can fall into one of these groups, while some patients may have mixed reasons for having upper eyelid surgery. Upper blepharoplasty for Wrinkled eyelid This group are patients, who are often over 40, … Continue reading »

Choosing the Best Facelift

Patients (and physicians!) can be confused when trying to determine which facelift is the best. Various terms are used to describe a plastic surgery facelift: by body area (lower facelift, neck lift), by material (thread lift, liquid lift), etc. Many of the named lifts, however, are marketing terms or may not be an actual surgical lift. Below are just some of the confusing facelift terms: Vampire Face lift Biltmore Face Lift A Lifestyle Face Lift A Quick Face Lift A Ponytail Face Lift Thread Lift Liquid Lift Excluding the marketing names and brands, there are still several technical types of … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.