Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Facial Plastic Surgery with a Single Injection

Which single medication has been used for a variety of aesthetic treatments for Washingtonians? Botox Cosmetic. Botox Cosmetic may be applied in specific ways to achieve certain results for facial rejuvenation. Wrinkle reduction around the eyes and forehead is the most common application, but lifting the eyebrows or slimming the jawline are alternative treatments that have been used by DC area plastic surgeons and dermatologists. The non-surgical brow lift to raise the eyebrows is achieved by injecting the muscles just below the eyebrow (orbicularis muscle) which pulls down the brow. Results are temporary and subtle with the Botox browlift. This … Continue reading »

Plastic Surgery to Augment Sunken Cheeks

Sunken, flattened cheeks are signs of inadequate facial volume. While this may occur from natural aging in patients I see from northern Virginia, sunken cheeks are also commonly congenital or genetic. These facial features may run in families. Cheek volume loss may also be seen earlier with some medical conditions, severe weight changes, trauma, or medications too. Several cosmetic options are available to improve volume loss in the cheeks or midface and to sculpt the face. Treatment obviously is to add volume, typically. Injectable fillers with hyaluronic acid (Restylane or Juvederm) may be appropriate in the tear-trough or nasolabial folds, … Continue reading »

Face Lift Recovery and Healing

A very common question for Maryland plastic or cosmetic surgeons is how quickly can one return to normal activities after a face lift. Of course, recovery after face lift surgery varies on the specific type of face lift you had, and your body’s natural healing ability. First, there will be recovery from the anesthesia along with the surgery. Most Maryland patients recover from the anestheisa effects within the first day or two. You should’nt drive or make any major decisions during this early period after anesthesia. You’ll feel tired and gradually regain strength once the effects of anesthesia are gone. … Continue reading »

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 is a generic drug that has been available for over 20 years in the United States. A couple of brand names of tretinoin are Retin-A ® and Renova ®. Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A that is used as a cream or … 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 »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.