Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Rhinoplasty swelling months and years after plastic surgery

Swelling after plastic surgery is a concern for many patients. “When will I look normal?” is often asked by Washington DC area patients who want to get back to work without drawing unnecessary attention. A previous blog post reviewed some methods to help reduce swelling after facial cosmetic surgery, such as avoiding excess salt, using arnica montana tablets, and keeping the head elevated. Rhinoplasty swelling lasts for several months, even up to a year or longer. Fortunately, a majority of the swelling resolves soon after surgery. The nose may swell a little bit before shrinking back down after the nasal cast comes … Continue reading »

Kybella®, a new option for nonsurgical neck fat reduction

Having a double-chin is troublesome for many patients. We previously discussed some treatment options for a double-chin, otherwise known as submental fullness. Submental fullness is due to a combination of factors: skin, muscle, fat, bone, and salivary glands. Kybella®, a new treatment to reduce neck fat, is now available in cosmetic surgery offices. Kybella® (deoxycholic acid), from the makers of Botox®, is the first and only FDA approved injectable drug that improves the appearance of submental fullness. Kybella® works by destroying fat cells in the area injected. Once destroyed, the fat is not anticipated in returning. Deoxycholic acid naturally occurs … Continue reading »

Face lift incision healing over time: week, month, and year after cosmetic surgery

For patients with submental fullness, a mini lift for the lower face and neck is a plastic surgery option with minimal downtime. Other treatment options for submental fullness include neck liposuction, chin augmentation, and  non-surgical injections (ex. Botox®, Juvederm®, Kybella®, etc). But for patients with sagging or excess neck and jowl skin and muscle, a facelift may be the best option. Facelift surgery for reduction of excess neck skin and sagging muscle has not yet been replaced by non-surgical treatments. Plastic surgeons offer a variety of facelift surgery options for the neck and face, such as s-lift, mini lift, short … Continue reading »

Large nose and small chin in a rhinoplasty patient

“Why does the plastic surgeon look at my chin when evaluating my nose for rhinoplasty? I just want to make my nose smaller.” Rhinoplasty patients who are looking to reduce the size of their nose may ask this question. Plastic surgeons, however, will examine the chin during a rhinoplasty consultation for a couple of key reasons. First, plastic surgeons and rhinoplasty specialists often look at the entire face before focusing on a specific area. Generally, one wants to reduce attention from certain areas or features (e.g., nose, wrinkles, etc) and bring attention to other areas (ex. eyes, lips, etc) for … Continue reading »

Do I need a septoplasty with cosmetic rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures. In fact, rhinoplasty has been the most commonly requested facial surgical procedure for several years. Patients worldwide request rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons: to reduce a bump, lift the nasal tip, or improve symmetry. Patients with a deviated septum also often wonder if they require septoplasty in addition to rhinoplasty. Septoplasty is surgery to improve a deviated septum, a very common problem. The nasal septum is a wall of cartilage and bone that divides the nose into right and left passageways. Often due to natural growth during facial development, a portion of this cartilage … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.