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Septoplasty: Throat Infection?

Deviated septum is very common. Estimates of 80% of all adults have a deviated septum. Not everyone with a deviated septum is symptomatic or requires a septoplasty though. It is unlikely that deviated septum causes persistent throat infections. Deviated septum and nasal congestion may contribute to throat irritation, but it is not a major contributing factor. Usually patients have nasal obstruction from a deviated septum, swollen turbinates, allergies, and sinus problems. These patients are unable to breath through the nose during sleep. The nose should warm and humidify the air we breathe. As a result, the throat may feel dry … Continue reading »

Chin Implant: Numbness after Surgery?

Skin and tissues are bruised and stretched during any form of chin surgery, implants, or augmentation. The first week is still very early after facial surgery. It’s not uncommon to have numbness and strange sensations in the lower lip and chin area. Some patients complain of “tight” feeling. Numbness continues to improve with time. Fortunately, most of the numbness resolves within a month, but occasionally may take several months to go away. Speak with your surgeon about your concerns of numbness after chin implant surgery.

Septoplasty: No Nasal Packing?

Can I have deviated septum surgery without cotton nasal packing? Yes, one does not absolutely need cotton nasal packing after septoplasty or deviated septum surgery. Most plastic surgeons and otolaryngologist use cotton packing temporarily to help control natural bloody oozing following nasal surgery. This nasal discharge after surgery is the worst the first day, but often takes several days to resolve. Some surgeons may also use temporary silicone splint to help support the septum during the healing period. You may have a little extra nasal mucous discharge or nose bleed after surgery, if packing is not used. The amount of … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Nasal Congestion after Surgery?

Yes, rhinoplasty or cosmetic nasal surgery may contribute to breathing problems with the nose. Nasal congestion may either be immediate or chronic with rhinoplasty / nose job surgery. Most immediate nasal congestion after rhinoplasty surgery is due to normal postoperative swelling. A majority of this internal, as well as external, swelling resolves within a couple weeks. However, it may take a couple months for the final internal swelling to resolve. Some surgeons use cotton nasal packs or silicone splints after surgery. Normal crusting and scabs inside the nose also keep the breathing down after surgery. Long-term nasal congestion after nose … Continue reading »

Botox: Baldness Cure?

There have been reports in the media recently that some doctors use Botox Cosmetic for hair loss. Initial reports sound promising. The truth is Botox is not FDA approved for hair loss, and physicians are using the medication off-label. Unfortunately, there aren’t any research articles in the medical literature that supports Botox injections for hair loss. There have not been any well-documented results with this application. Risks and side effects are unknown with this application. Long-term results are also unknown. Botox Cosmetic may be a potential treatment option for baldness and hair loss. However, plastic surgeons and dermatologists should do … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.