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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 »

Forehead Lifts: Are Endobrows Better?

A forehead lift, regardless of exact method, elevates the forehead and eyebrows. Each method of surgery requires some form of anesthesia, either general or IV sedation (twilight). Both have similar cosmetic outcomes. The difference between a traditional forehead lift and an endoscopic brow lift is the approach, or surgical access, to the brow area. Traditional forehead lifts made a long incision either right at the hairline, or just behind the hairline. This approach allows greater degree of control to brow position. Disadvantages are the longer incision, longer operative time, itching, and higher risk of hair loss. Endoscopic brow lift, or … Continue reading »

Makeup After a Chemical Peel?

A common question with chemical peels, or any laser resurfacing procedure for wrinkle reduction. The answer largely depends on the depth of the chemical peel and the rate at which your skin heals following the cosmetic procedure. You want to minimize skin irritation after any peel or resurfacing procedure. Lunchtime peels are generally very superficial peels, such as low strength glycolic acid. One may be able to start wearing makeup the next day. With deeper peels, your cosmetic surgeon will provide and recommend a guideline to help the healing process. Makeup can be usually be worn approximately 7 to 10 … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.