Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Cost-Effective Skin Care without Expensive Laser Treatment

Lasers are everywhere and play an important role for Washington DC area skin rejuvenation patients. However, cosmetic laser treatments aren’t the only or the best answer for every aesthetic patient. I’ve already spoken a bit about basic skin care and sunblock. Now let’s focus on another great option for DC, Maryland & northern Virginia skin rejuvenation: tretinoin. Tretinoin has been available for over 20 years in the United States. A couple of brand names include Retin-A ® and Renova ®. Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A that is used as a cream or gel on the skin and has … Continue reading »

5 Nonsurgical Face Lift Options

Northern Virginia & Maryland patients seeking cosmetic options for the face typically are overwhelmed by the many nonsurgical and surgical options. Metropolitan DC area dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and facial plastic surgeons are now able to offer non-surgical options that weren’t available years ago, including laser treatments, Botox Cosmetic, fat injections, and facial fillers. Naturally, many would like to avoid plastic surgery on the neck or face and are considering non-surgical facial rejuvenation options. Nonsurgical facial treatments work well in early facial aging only, such as patients in their 30’s or 40’s. In many ways, facial fillers may give aesthetic results … Continue reading »

Plastic Surgery: Numbness or Tightness after a Face Lift?

Maryland face lift patients may experience of variety of skin sensations immediately following their cosmetic surgery. A face lift procedure involves improving the appearance of the lower face, jaw line, and neck via small incisions around the ears, in order to elevate sagging skin & underlying facial tissue. While many other non-surgical cosmetic options are available to improve the lower facial area, face lift surgery can have dramatic results to greatly restore the appearance of youth. Regardless of specific facelift surgery technique (s lift, deep plane, smas, thread, short scar, etc), numbness of the skin, cheek, neck, and ear may … Continue reading »

Ear Lobe Repair: Plastic Surgery or Injection?

Torn Ear Lobe A very common plastic surgery procedure (perhaps even #1) is ear lobe repair surgery for people who have stretched out, torn, or split their earlobes. A popular television show in the northern Virginia and Maryland area recently did a segment for those who love to wear big earrings. Big, heavy earrings may stretch out the earlobes gradually over time. The show demonstrated a woman in her 30’s who loves to wear jewelry, especially big hoop earrings. Gradually with time, her ear lobe started to split and she was concerned about completely tearing through the ear. Even before … Continue reading »

Ointment after Surgery to Reduce Scars: Best to Prevent Scarring?

Many company’s ointments and creams claim to reduce scarring after plastic surgery, injury, scratches, or cuts. Unfortunately, there isn’t much well-done scientific research to support those claims. So how does one pick the best ointment to prevent scars? First, speak with your Washington DC facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist and follow their advice.Several studies have suggested that any occlusive dressing on an incision or surgical site will improve the final scar by about 33%. Redness, swelling, and cosmetic appearance of the incision generally looks better by merely covering up the surgical site with something. Years ago, the general idea was … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.