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Ointment after Surgery to Reduce Scars: Best to Prevent Scarring?

Many company’s ointments and creams claim to reduce scarring after plastic surgery, injury, scratches, or cuts. Unfortunately, there isn’t much well-done scientific research to support those claims. So how does one pick the best ointment to prevent scars? First, speak with your Washington DC facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist and follow their advice.Several studies have suggested that any occlusive dressing on an incision or surgical site will improve the final scar by about 33%. Redness, swelling, and cosmetic appearance of the incision generally looks better by merely covering up the surgical site with something. Years ago, the general idea was … Continue reading »

Nasal Care after Rhinoplasty Surgery or Septoplasty

The nose and septum are understandably sensitive after rhinoplasty surgery. Variable nasal swelling typically occurs both on the outside and inside of the nose, with cosmetic nasal surgery or septoplasty for deviated nasal septum. To help with healing in the recovery period, a post-operative care regimen of nasal cleaning is critical. Nasal care helps keep the nose clean, moist, and reduces rhinoplasty swelling. One is unlikely to disrupt the rhinoplasty surgeon’s delicate work on the nose with the cleaning; however, rhinoplasty patients must be gentle! Maryland rhinoplasty surgeons typically ask their patients to start rinsing the nose with regular saline … Continue reading »

Finding the Best Plastic Surgeon for Your Cosmetic Surgery

Good plastic surgeons are not just in Beverly Hills or New York City. The best cosmetic specialists can be found all over the world. Top surgeons performing plastic surgery have a range of training backgrounds and professional interests. Some plastic surgeons specialize in breast augmentation, while others perform exclusively face lift surgery. Maryland patients seeking plastic surgery should do their homework before deciding on cosmetic surgery. For example, Maryland rhinoplasty surgery patients are encouraged to visit at least 2 rhinoplasty surgeons in their area to perform a comprehensive evaluation. The rhinoplasty surgeon will often perform computer simulation surgery to show … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty Cost: Does Insurance Cover Nasal Surgery?

The cost of rhinoplasty surgery varies greatly across the United States, including the metropolitan Washington DC area, Maryland, and northern Virginia. Rhinoplasty cost is always one of the first questions asked the plastic surgeon. However, rhinoplasty cost should be taken into consideration with many other factors when choosing your cosmetic nasal surgeon. Rhinoplasty is not one operation, but rather many potential procedures to improve the appearance and function of the nose. The cost of rhinoplasty varies greatly, but it’s usually similar for plastic surgeons in your area. For example, northern Virginia rhinoplasty may range from $2000 to $20,000 as an … Continue reading »

Nasal Splints in Rhinoplasty or Deviated Septum Surgery

Splints are commonly used in deviated septum or rhinoplasty surgery. Northern Virginia and Maryland patients often ask how long such nasal splints are used. Nasal splints may be internal or external. The external splint, or nasal cast, is gently removed one week after surgery. This cast helps to decrease nasal swelling after rhinoplasty, and maintain nasal alignment. The cast is tape to the cheek skin & should be kept dry until your followup with your plastic surgeon or rhinoplasty surgeon. Other methods to reduce nasal swelling with rhinoplasty was reviewed earlier. Internal nasal splints, which may or may not be … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.