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Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

Your overbite predisposes you to a double chin

Facial plastic surgeons are often asked what are the “best” options to improve one’s appearance. Whether it’s the neck for a facelift or the eyes for blepharoplasty, a plastic surgeon will examine the entire face as part of the consultation. In addition, the best plastic surgeons look inside at the mouth and check the teeth for an overbite too. Why check the teeth? Your teeth affect your appearance, not just your smile. Patients with an overbite, or prior history of an overbite, are predisposed to having a double chin (i.e. submental fullness). The lower jaw bone in patients with an overbite will often … Continue reading »

1 week after otoplasty, cosmetic ear surgery

We previously reviewed a woman who had facelift surgery via local anesthesia in our blog. Did you know that many other facial plastic surgery procedures are routinely performed via local anesthesia? Washington DC plastic surgery patients are familiar with a liquid facelift with Botox®, Dysport®, Kybella®, and facial fillers that are all performed with local anesthesia. However, many of the top cosmetic surgeons also perform several plastic surgical procedures with local anesthesia too. What surgical procedures of the face can be performed via local anesthesia? Minor procedures in a limited facial area that is completed within a couple hours are more likely to be performed with local anesthesia. Complex surgery, … Continue reading »

You are not a candidate for Kybella, non-surgical neck fat reduction

Patients come to a facial plastic surgeon to improve the appearance of their eyes, neck, and skin. Most Washington DC plastic surgery patients, however, would like to avoid surgery if possible. The reluctance for surgery in some patients is multifactorial, which may include apprehension of recovery, discomfort, or looking “overdone”. As a result, non-surgical cosmetic procedures continue to increase in popularity. Neck fat, a factor of submental fullness, is a common aesthetic concern for many. Excess neck fat may be present at an early age, but develops in everyone as we age. Neck fat reduction has traditionally only been limited to neck liposuction … Continue reading »

Upper eyelid surgery in Asian patients to create a fold: incision or suture technique

Blepharoplasty (i.e. eyelid surgery) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Asian countries. Patients seeking blepharoplasty consider bigger eyes more attractive and request more “open” eyes. Prior to having plastic surgery, they have used tape or glue in the upper eyelid to temporarily create the effect of a double eyelid. We’ve reviewed Asian eyelid surgery in a previous blog post. Here we review some of the technical differences between the two major plastic surgery approaches for double eyelid surgery: suture and incisional. Why does the eyelid lack a crease in Asian eyelids? The upper eyelid crease or fold is often absent, which allows … Continue reading »

Balloon sinus surgery and rhinoplasty

Fall is here and many Washingtonians suffer from sinus problems with the change in the weather and season. Other than allergy medications, chronic sinusitis patients often chose from nasal procedures such as septoplasty, turbinoplasty, rhinoplasty, nasal valve repair, and functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to improve their sinus symptoms. We previously discussed how septoplasty with rhinoplasty can improve nasal allergy symptoms, and now we’ll review balloon sinus surgery, which may also be referred as balloon sinuplasty or FinESS procedure. Balloon sinus surgery is a newer procedure that may improve nasal symptoms. What are the nasal sinuses? The nasal sinuses are air spaces inside the bones of … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.