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Cosmetic Treatment Options for Lower Eyelid Bags and Dark Circles

Lower eyelid bags and dark circles have many cosmetic treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical. Even patients in their 20’s start considering lower eyelid cosmetic surgery, so it’s not just for “older” patients. As a facial plastic surgeon, every week I see patients who can benefit from any of the treatment options below. The first non-surgical options include basic skin care, tretinoin, and/or chemical peels. Skin creams or ointments than contain agents such as hydroquinone or similar lighteners can help lighten the dark circle for a more even skin tone. Light chemical peels performed in the office will also smooth … Continue reading »

Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping in Adults

Otoplasty, otherwise known as ear pinning surgery, reshapes the ear cartilage for those patients who have protruding ears. The ear cartilage sometimes get too big and sticks out too far, which then draws too much attention. Some women tend to grow their hair long to help cover and hide the ears until they’re ready for otoplasty. The ears generally should not draw attention away from the eyes. Otoplasty is considered in children only after around age 6, once the ears are more adult size. While we don’t see children in our facial plastic surgery practice, I see adults who have … Continue reading »

Teaching Surgeons techniques in Facial Plastic Surgery

All physicians from all specialties are teachers. We educate our patients on their conditions and treatment options. Many physicians generously pass along their knowledge to other physicians. Did you know that in times past the techniques of plastic surgery were aggressively kept secret from other surgeons? Now plastic surgeons openly share information for the good of all. As a facial plastic surgeon in Washington DC, I have the opportunity to teach medical students, surgical residents, and attending physicians on a variety of topics related to facial plastic surgery. Visiting the Washington DC cosmetic surgery office you might see students of … Continue reading »

Botox Cosmetic FDA approval for Crow’s feet wrinkles

Recently, Botox Cosmetic has been approved by the FDA for the cosmetic improvement of wrinkles on the sides of the eyes, ie. Crow’s feet. What does this mean for patients? Not much immediate change really, only that the FDA has officially approved this cosmetic treatment. Plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and dermatologists have been safely using Botox Cosmetic off-label and other similar treatments such as Xeomin and Dysport for years in a variety of non-FDA approved methods for facial wrinkles. Botox Cosmetic can also be used to slim the face and narrow the jawline for appropriate patients. Your plastic surgeon’s office … Continue reading »

Facetime Facelift: New or Existing Cosmetic Surgery Technique?

Facetime facelift is a relatively new term that refers to the increased awareness of one’s own sagging skin and excess neck fat when video conferencing. We’re all seeing ourselves more often on photos and video, which brings more attention to natural wrinkles and aging. In addition during video conferencing (laptop, phone, etc), one tends to tilt the chin downward which worsens the appearance of the neck. Is a facetime facelift any different from other facelift methods? Not really. It’s only a term that refers to one’s increased awareness of an aging neck or double chin. Other facelift terms have been … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.