Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

Fat Transfer or Grafting

Many options are available for minimally invasive injectable fillers for facial rejuvenation. More common injections for wrinkles are with hyaluronic acid (Restylane or Juvederm) or collagen. Fat has returned as an alternative to these other facial fillers. Autologous fat, or one’s own fat, is an ideal filler material. It is non-allergic natural, living, easily available, and potential for long-term natural results. Fat transfer, otherwise known as fat grafting, takes small amounts of your own fat from your abdomen and injects in directly into your face to alter the structure of the face and to restore the volume of your youth. … Continue reading »

Botox Cosmetic: Myth #3

Time to debunk another myth regarding Botox® Cosmetic. Myth 3: “I am afraid of painful injections” Fact: Botox® Cosmetic injections may be essentially painless. Treatment involves a few tiny injections with a very small needle, which usually require no anesthesia. However, your doctor may provide a topical anesthetic cream or ice pack to the treatment areas to make it as comfortable as possible. Talk to your doctor about your fears, as she/he can alleviate your concerns through proper education.

Fat Removal without Surgery?

The use of phosphatidylcholine (Lipostabil®, Nattermann – Germany) through superficial injections to destroy adipocytes has recently become popular in Europe. It is injected directly into the subcutaneous fat through multiple injections, administered over multiple treatment sessions. This treatment breaks down fat, which is then discharged over the liver and metabolized. It has been authorized for intravenous use to prevent and treat fat embolisms and liver diseases. Lipostabil® is currently only licensed as an intravenous medicine, for the prevention and treatment of blood vessel blockages by fat particles (fat embolism). The concept is appealing. However, the use of this treatment to … Continue reading »

Cosmetic Surgery for Men

Think women are the only ones obsessed with preserving their youthful looks? Think again. These days, men are just as likely as women to opt for a cosmetic surgery procedure. With people living longer, healthier lives, it’s no surprise that both genders want to look as young as they feel. Most men want cosmetic procedures for two primary reasons: to look younger for a competitive edge in the workplace and, if divorced or single, to project an image of vigor and attractiveness. But men who end up in consultation with me often say they don’t think they look as good … Continue reading »

Skin Resurfacing: Peels, Lasers, and Dermabrasion

Skin resurfacing smoothes any skin imperfections. Resurfacing removes or reduces wrinkles and fine lines of the entire face, softens deep laugh and frown lines, repairs sun-damaged skin, removes age spots, and improves scars, including those from acne. It diminishes the outward signs of aging and revitalizes the tone and condition of the skin. Resurfacing may be done in conjunction with facelift and eyelid surgery, as well as with many other facial cosmetic procedures, including Botox Cosmetic or injectible fillers. Resurfacing removes damaged skin tissue, layer by layer, revealing the new skin underneath. Based on the areas treated and the method … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.