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Swelling & Edema after Cosmetic Surgery of the Face & Neck

Swelling after cosmetic surgery is expected, even when non-surgical (Botox Cosmetic) office treatments are performed. Plastic surgery swelling usually resolves within a few hours to a few weeks or longer, mostly dependant on the procedure performed. Cosmetic surgery patients may help reduce post-treatment swelling via a variety of methods. I’ve already talked about rhinoplasty swelling in a previous post. Many of those guidelines apply to other facial surgery, such as face lift, for my Maryland and northern Virginia patients. Other potential helpful factors which may help with postop cosmetic surgery swelling include the following reduce salt intake reduce ingesting processed … Continue reading »

Anesthesia for Injectable Fillers to Reduce Pain

Injectable fillers such as Restylane (hyaluronic acid), Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra are good options for various cosmetic enhancements for facial aging Washington area residents. Treatment areas vary for each product, including nasolabial / smile lines, marionette lines, cheek or midface augmentation, or lip enhancement. Some local anesthesia is generally required, since each filler is injected via a small needle. However, cosmetic treatment should not be very painful. Most Maryland facial plastic surgeons or dermatologists use a combination of anesthesia techniques to minimize discomfort. ice pack prior to procedure topical anesthesia cream on treated areas nerve or dental block with injection … Continue reading »

Saline Neti Pot Rinse for Nasal Congestion

Great article in CNN today on the benefits of saline nasal rinses. I tell every patient prior to and after cosmetic nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) to use nasal saline rinses. Saline rinses helps clear dust, pollen, and mucous from the nose and sinuses. Washington DC and northern Virginia patients suffer from terrible allergies. Saline rinses help Maryland deviated nasal septum, seasonal allergies, and hayfever patients. After surgery on the nose or sinuses, saline rinses help to reduce internal swelling and to keep the nasal cavity clean & moist.

Combine Plastic Surgery Procedures?

Many northern Virginia cosmetic surgery patients ask if they should combine plastic surgery procedures. While each individual has a unique treatment plan, it is usually preferred to combine procedures up to a point. The decision to combine procedures is a balance of many factors, and too many or too extensive procedures may contribute to other issues. The first advantage of combining surgery is that insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and one may save money on plastic surgery fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area of the body may be used for another surgical area, such as liposuction … Continue reading »

Botox Cosmetic: Touchup

Botox Cosmetic is a very popular non-surgical method for reducing facial wrinkles. Most patients have minimal discomfort with treatment. Results are are most evident by 2 weeks after treatment, but may be visible as early as a few days. Plastic surgeons may provide touch up Botox Cosmetic to their aesthetic patients. Touch ups are provided at 2 weeks or later. Any touch ups cosmetic treatment earlier than 2 weeks is generally inappropriate, as sufficient time has not been given for the first treatment to fully work.

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.