Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

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 »

Bruising or Hematoma after Facelift Surgery

Bruising is very common with cosmetic surgery and not considered a complication with plastic surgery. I advise my Maryland face lift surgery patients to expect some degree of bruising and swelling after surgery. Skin bruising may even occur with non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as lip enhancement or Botox® wrinkle treatment. On the other hand, a hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin which should normally be drained. Small blood collections can be observed and will be absorbed by the body. Hematoma is the most common complication with face lift surgery, with an overall estimated incidence of less than 5%. … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty: Nose Job without Surgery

Non-surgical rhinoplasty has reemerged over the past few years as a popular option for certain patients. In the past, only silicone was injected into the nose, but now Maryland and northern Virginia rhinoplasty patients can choose from a variety of cosmetic injectable fillers. As the FDA has not yet approved the use of fillers for cosmetic injection into the nose, they are currently being used off-label. Fillers are typically injected into the bridge of the nose to help smooth depressions and irregularities. They may also be used to build the bridge and provide augmentation for flat or wide noses. Injectable fillers … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.