Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Facetime Facelift: New or Existing Cosmetic Surgery Technique?

Facetime facelift is a relatively new term that refers to the increased awareness of one’s own sagging skin and excess neck fat when video conferencing. We’re all seeing ourselves more often on photos and video, which brings more attention to natural wrinkles and aging. In addition during video conferencing (laptop, phone, etc), one tends to tilt the chin downward which worsens the appearance of the neck. Is a facetime facelift any different from other facelift methods? Not really. It’s only a term that refers to one’s increased awareness of an aging neck or double chin. Other facelift terms have been … Continue reading »

Blowing Nose or Sneezing after Rhinoplasty Surgery

A common concern among rhinoplasty patients is when they can blow their nose or sneeze after surgery. Washington DC rhinoplasty patients are advised not to blow their nose after surgery and to try to sneeze with the mouth open. This restriction also applies to septoplasty patients. Why the restriction? Nose blowing or sneezing can contribute to bruising, swelling, or bleeding. Depending on the force of the sneeze, cartilage or bone might also shift and disrupt your facial plastic surgeon’s work. This restriction is usually for a few weeks after surgery. Once an appropriate amount of healing has occurred, patients may … Continue reading »

Neck Lift or Neck Liposuction?

Modern plastic surgery thinking and techniques have greatly advanced to help minimize recovery while maximizing aesthetic results. A sagging neck, jowls, and extra neck fat are some of the signs of aging which trouble many Washington DC area residents. With incisions around the ears and under the chin, a facelift or neck lift can help lift and tighten the neck, but plastic surgery may not always be required for all patients. A good of amount of neck tightening can be achieved with neck liposuction alone for appropriate patients. Neck liposuction involves a few small incisions which placed under the chin … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty Swelling: The First Days

Swelling after rhinoplasty is the most common question Maryland and Virginia rhinoplasty patients ask their cosmetic surgeon. It’s normal for the swelling or edema to last a long time after surgery. Most of the swelling resolves within the first few weeks, while some swelling may still be present after one year from surgery. Some are alarmed if the swelling or bruising initially gets worse a few hours or the next day after the procedure. Fortunately, it’s typical to initially get worse before it starts getting better. Somewhat similar to a work-out or exercise, some patients don’t feel sore the same day, but … Continue reading »

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Fat, Skin, or Both removed?

Blepharoplasty of the the upper eyelid rejuvenates the eyes, and the surgery is tailored to suit the needs of each patient. Excess skin is typically removed during upper eyelid surgery. A small amount of skin removal can dramatically improve one’s appearance and “open” the eyes, as the extra skin no longer covers the eyelashes. Occasionally, excess fat is also removed. Fat removal was more common years ago, while modern facial plastic and cosmetic surgeons tend to preserve facial fat. Sometimes the eyelid muscle needs to be lifted too, especially for those with very droopy eyelids. An eyelid lift for upper … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.