Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

Face Lift: When is it Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular. No longer hidden from the public, everyone is looking at cosmetic surgery for self-improvement. Patients are also getting younger and younger. Some young patients are considering face lift surgery. Most patients in their 30’s are too young for any face lift surgery, including mini lift, s lift, short scar lift, and thread lift. Plastic surgery is usually reserved for more advanced skin aging, even including these minimally invasive face lift procedures. Most plastic surgeons consider face lift surgery starting in the late 30’s or early 40’s for both men and women. More appropriate, if … Continue reading »

Fat Transfer: When Can I get more Fat Injected?

Fat transfer or fat injections in the face is a popular cosmetic treatment for facial enhancement and rejuvenation. Fat is a natural and soft injectable filler that has potential for long term aesthetic results. Fat transfer is commonly performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Most patients have swelling and bruising after the procedure, which lasts a few weeks. One can usually have more fat injected, if you feel more volume is needed. Some patients feel they need more fat injected, even before fully healed from the first treatment. Your plastic surgeon may not have injected specific areas of the … Continue reading »

Torn Ear Lobe: What can be done?

A common problem for many women are stretched, damaged, or torn earlobes. Since large earrings are so fashionable, plastic surgeons see many patients requesting aesthetic ear lobe improvement. Earlobe injuries occur from various types of trauma — most commonly from wearing pierced earrings. In some cases, it’s a very elongated hole from the prolonged weight of heavy earrings. In other cases, there is a complete tear through the earlobe. Cosmetic and reconstructive ear lobe problems can be repaired in a simple office procedure performed under local anesthesia that typically takes a few minutes. The incisions are usually closed with very … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Bump on Bridge after Cosmetic Surgery?

Bumps on the bridge of the nose after rhinoplasty is not uncommon. Early bumps, which may last months, is usually due to swelling of the nasal tissues (skin, muscle, and periosteum). Bumps that persist beyond a year may represent additional bone and/or cartilage that won’t go away on its own. Patients with very large bumps prior to rhinoplasty usually have the most swelling. Large nasal bumps or individuals with a history of traumatic facial injuries or a broken nose may require more than one operation to create a smooth, straight profile. Small bumps or irregularities that develop immediately after cosmetic … Continue reading »

Brow Lift: Correcting Asymmetry

Treatment options are available to treat asymmetric eyebrows. Botox Cosmetic is a great option to help adjust brow height a little bit, to produce a more symmetric eyebrow. It is better at lowering a brow, than elevating. Results with Botox may vary and last several months. Endoscopic facial surgery is the next option. Brow asymmetry may be treated by endoscopic approach, or alternatively a traditional open approach. Most surgeons perform endoscopic brow lifts currently, but brow position is better controlled with an open or direct approach. Lastly, everyone has some degree of asymmetry to the face, especially the eyes and … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.