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Upper Blepharoplasty Complications: Swelling and Redness

Swelling of the upper eyelid incision may likely represent a localized cyst, either from a trapped suture deep in the skin or trapped epithelium under the skin. More concerning causes for this swelling may be infection / abscess or early scarring. Redness and swelling may also occur from topical ointments, either as an allergic reaction or secondary fungal infection. Most expected swelling and redness after blepharoplasty usually only lasts a short period time. Redness and erythema resolves more quickly than swelling. Treatment of redness and swelling following blepharoplasty is relatively minor which may include a stopping topical ointments, minor revision … Continue reading »

Chemical Peel: Does uneven healing suggest uneven results?

No. But keep a close eye on your skin. Uneven redness and healing is not uncommon after chemical peels. Different areas of the face and neck heal at varying rates, largely based on the thickness of the skin. Thicker skin of the nose or forehead may recovery much faster than the thin skin of the lower eyelids. In addition, different areas of the face & neck area have received different degrees of sun damage. Areas of more sun damage will appear more red and irritated during the recovery period following a peel. Although uneven application of a chemical peel might … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty swelling: How long should it last?

Rhinoplasty swelling occurs both on the outside and inside of the nose. It is normal to feel congested and have nasal obstruction and postnasal drip immediately after rhinoplasty surgery. Patients are generally “restaurant ready” and socially acceptable within 2 weeks. Most swelling after rhinoplasty resolves within a month. The final 20% of swelling takes a much longer time to resolve, up to a year or longer after surgery. Fortunately, this final swelling is usually only evident to the surgeon and patient. Rhinoplasty swelling varies greatly and is largely based on the areas of the nose treated, surgical approach to the … Continue reading »

Botox Cosmetic: Long-term benefit?

No one really knows the long-term cosmetic benefit of continuous Botox use. There have not been any good research studies to show a cumulative benefit. There is some evidence, however, that redosing Botox before it has completely worn off will lead to longer term, more effective wrinkle reduction. But does getting Botox continuously for 20 years make a difference? Again, no one knows. If you are having financial difficulty acquiring Botox, then don’t obtain it. Go back to the basics of good skin care that everyone should follow: Hydration, healthy diet, regular exercise, limit sun exposure, avoid smoking, adequate sleep, … Continue reading »

Treatment for Tired, Puffy Eyes?

Tired, droopy, puffy eyelids are a common complaint of many seeking plastic surgery. However, before proceeding with any cosmetic procedure, a medical evaluation is required. Puffy eyelids are common with thyroid disorders. It is important that your thyroid hormones are stable before considering any plastic surgery. Allergies are another medical condition which contributes to the appearance of tired/puffy eyelids. Ensure any allergies are controlled as well. Speak to your endocrinologist and allergy specialist before speaking to a plastic surgeon. Blepharoplasty, cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the US and may be … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.