Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

What to Expect during your first Botox® visit

Taking the first step and visiting a plastic surgeon can bring a certain level of anxiety in some cosmetic surgery patients. Some patients may not be sure what they need in order to look better and don’t want to appear uninformed in the office. Some may feel embarrassed or not be comfortable sharing their concerns with someone other than their significant other. Others may be apprehensive that the plastic surgeon may only recommend surgical procedures instead of nonsurgical treatments. After basic skin care, Botox is one of the earliest treatments patients consider to rejuvenate their appearance. It’s the first step for many. … Continue reading »

Tips to Hide Plastic Surgery during Recovery

Cosmetic surgery can improve a person’s appearance in the long-term. However, patients should also be prepared for the initial appearance after surgery, with anticipated bandages, stitches, bruising, distortion, and swelling. Prepare for a short period of “looking worse” before getting better. It’s easier to hide breast augmentation or body liposuction surgery from others, as compared to a facelift. We’re often asked about recovery after facial plastic surgery. Part of the reason is patients want to return to work soon and not take too much time off. In addition, facial surgery patients may want to hide their recovery after surgery. Fortunately, healing … Continue reading »

How to Reduce Swelling after Lip Injections and Botox®

Swelling is a common concern among cosmetic surgery patients. While surgical patients expect swelling (edema) after surgery, liquid lift patients with Botox or Restylane® should consider a certain degree of swelling too. Fortunately, this swelling after nonsurgical office treatments usually resolves quickly. Lip injection or Botox patients may return to work very soon after treatment, even the same day in many cases. Cosmetic surgery patients are typically proactive and often already utilize a variety of natural methods to reduce swelling. These plastic surgery swelling guidelines below generally apply to most procedures, including face lift or eyelid surgery. Swelling after Botox, facial fillers, and lip injections may last a few hours or day, possibly longer, depending … Continue reading »

The End to Antiaging

The term antiaging is out, as promoted by the beauty publication Allure. Problems with Antiaging What’s the problem with anti-aging? First, this language of antiaging is often vague. Various creams, peels, injections, devices, and cosmetic treatments claim to be anti-aging. What does antiaging actually mean? Less eye bags, lifted skin, smoother wrinkles, etc? We know that even young patients can have dark circles, wrinkles, and eye bags. They don’t need to be “antiaged”. Second, and more importantly, the term may also constitute age shaming or ageism. Antiaging implies that aging itself is something to avoid. However, as we know, growing older … Continue reading »

Botox® vs. Dysport®, is one better for facial wrinkles?

Botox is one of the most popular treatments in a plastic surgery office. As part of a liquid facelift, it can be used to for a variety of treatments to smooth forehead wrinkles, raise eyebrows, soften smoker’s lines, slim the jawline, and lift the neck. These office procedures have minimal downtime to prevent and treat wrinkles. Over 20 years ago, Botox was used just for medical treatments, such as for eyes muscle spasms and twitches. Botox is still being used for many non-cosmetic purposes. Doctors who used Botox in the face subsequently noticed that their patients had smoother skin. The rest is … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.