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Blepharoplasty: Suture Breaking in Double eyelid?

Creating a double-eyelid is a common operation in the upper eyelid of Asian people. The double-eyelid (crease) is considered beautiful, and is not Westernization. The double-crease has been desired for thousands of years. Most Asian blepharoplasty procedures in the Washington DC and northern Virginia use a suture from the skin to the deeper muscle, which help create the double-eyelid / crease. These sutures may be either absorbable or require removal. Sutures and stitches for cosmetic eyelid surgery is only realistically important for a few days/weeks. The appearance of your eyes should not return to the way it looked prior to … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Does Cosmetic Surgery Affect the Upper Lip?

Yes. First, the tip of the nose, septum, and upper lip are connected intimately and affect one another. Modifying and reshaping the columella, nostrils, lower lateral cartilages, vestibule, caudal septum, and nasal muscles all contribute to the appearance of the upper lip. In fact, facial plastic surgeons leave the upper lip exposed during rhinoplasty to evaluate minor changes which may occur during cosmetic nasal surgery. The upper lip may feel tight or stiff after surgery, especially when smiling. The tip of the nose and lip area may feel numb too. Second, the nose, especially the tip area and skin, continue … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Does Massage Help Swelling or Scar?

The nose, especially the skin around the tip, normally swells after rhinoplasty. Most swelling resolves in a few weeks, but the last 20% of nasal swelling takes at least 1 year to resolve. Gently pressure and massage may be appropriate after rhinoplasty. The bridge, middle, or tip of the nose may be massaged. Scar tissue softens and swollen tissue is reduced with any massage of the skin. Pressure that is too forceful may shift and move the nasal bones and cartilage. Steroid injection under the skin may be required to help control swelling, scar, and edema. Speak to your facial … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Treatment for Slanted, Crooked Nose?

Deviated noses are a common problem. The bridge, middle, and/or tip of the nose may be crooked. Sometime the external nose is straight, but the internal nose and nasal septum is deviated. Twisted noses may be major, or very small & minor. Slanted noses are usually developmental and congenital. Trauma is another major reason some noses slant. Many options exist to straighten a nose. Rhinoplasty surgery, deviated septum surgery, septoplasty are the best options. Minor imperfections, asymmetry, and slanting may be treated with small injections, in order to avoid rhinoplasty surgery. Speak with several plastic surgeons and determine whether treatement … Continue reading »

Does Insurance cover Cosmetic Surgery?

Many board certified plastic surgeons provide the finest in aesthetic plastic surgery at affordable prices. Many also participate with most insurance plans within the United States. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. Reconstructive plastic surgery, such as trauma, broken nose, scars, skin cancer, septoplasty, congenital deformity, are typical areas where health insurance applies. Secondary or revision cosmetic surgery may also be covered. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. Most plastic surgery offices accept insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.