Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Sutures in Otoplasty Surgery

Plastic surgery for protruding ears, otoplasty, reshapes ear cartilage to a more natural shape and helps bring the ears closer to the head. While many children have the procedure done, some patients wait until adulthood to have this plastic surgery.Plastic surgeons generally utilize 2 types of sutures during otoplasty. An incision is placed behind the ear, and external sutures are placed on the skin at the end of the procedure for closure. These stitches on the skin dissolve gradually over days/weeks. Internal sutures are used to reshape the ear cartilage. Most cosmetic surgeons will use permanent sutures on the cartilage, … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty: Cosmetic nasal surgery with Botox

Non-surgical facial enhancement with Botox or facial fillers offers several improvements of the lips, cheek, eyes, and forehead without traditional plastic surgery. More recently non-surgical techniques have been used to improve the nose without rhinoplasty surgery. Botox, while commonly used to reduce wrinkles, can also be used to improve the appearance of the nose. Plastic surgeons and rhinoplasty specialists use 3 methods to improve the nose with Botox, or similar office treatments such as Xeomin or Dysport: nasal bridge to reduce wrinkles, otherwise known as “bunny” lines sides of the nostrils to help prevent widening of the nostrils when one … Continue reading »

Celebrity Plastic Surgery: Marilyn Monroe’s Facial Surgery

Celebrity plastic surgery is common and unsurprising nowadays. Many actors get Botox or facial fillers prior to an event, rhinoplasty to reduce a bump or narrow the tip, or a facelift to maintain their youth. However, cosmetic surgery was much less common and a hidden secret years ago in Hollywood. A recent revelation that beauty icon Marilyn Monroe had facial plastic surgery. She was thought to be a natural beauty, but now publicly available medical records show she had some work done. Her medical records, including X-rays, became publicly available via an upcoming auction in Beverly Hills. The seller is taking … Continue reading »

Computer Simulation in Cosmetic Surgery

I remember reading a survey of cosmetic surgery patients’ opinions regarding computer simulation or imaging during the consultation prior to surgery. The survey confirmed what we’ve seen in our facial plastic surgery office. Patients find great value and education in computer simulation, especially when it’s done live with the plastic surgeon himself/herself. Computer simulation not only helps educate patients regarding plastic surgery, but also stimulates discussion so that the patient and plastic surgeon can develop a surgical plan together. Now it is relatively easy to simulate plastic surgery on the computer, such as rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, or facelift. Digital imaging … Continue reading »

Facial Slimming: Botox Jaw reduction or Buccal Fat reduction?

Model Facial plastic surgery to make areas of the face larger or smaller is a common request among many patients. Modern cosmetic techniques provide a variety of options for each facial area, such as the cheeks and lower face. Buccal fat reduction and Botox jaw reduction are some facial slimming options, and many patients who may think their face is “too fat” are unsure which aesthetic treatment would be more appropriate. Buccal fat is a distinct “ball” of fat in the middle part of the face. Some patients are born with relatively more buccal fat, and this facial fat does … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.