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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 »

Fat Injection: Where can I get Fat Injected?

Many places in the face. Fat transfer or fat injections in the face is a popular cosmetic treatment for facial enhancement and rejuvenation. Fat is a natural and soft injectable filler that has potential for long term aesthetic results. Fat transfer is commonly performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Most patients have swelling and bruising after the procedure, which lasts a few weeks. The most common area treated is the cheek and midface areas for volume enhancement. The cheeks droop and become hollow with aging, as our natural fat atrophies and tissue sags. Most patients are happy with fat … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.