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How to Reduce Swelling After a Filler Treatment

Swelling, along with bruising, are common concerns among surgical patients. While swelling, also called edema, is expected after surgery, nonsurgical liquid lift patients here in Washington DC who are treated with JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® fillers should anticipate a certain degree of swelling too. Swelling after facial filler injections may last a few hours or day, possibly longer, depending on multiple factors. Delayed swelling may also occur after the initial injection due to water attraction from the filler. A majority of fillers, such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane, are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a gel that can attract and hold water similar … Continue reading »

How Can BOTOX® Reduce a Square Jaw?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is known to improve wrinkles of the forehead and eyes, but it has many other cosmetic uses. Because it so effectively relaxes muscles, BOTOX can also sculpt the face and slim the jawline. For patients who may think their face is “too fat,” liposuction might not be the answer. A better option may be facial sculpting with BOTOX for jaw reduction in my Washington, DC office. Both BOTOX and Dysport may be used to treat the face and neck for cosmetic purposes. These 2 treatments act similarly to relax muscles and improve appearance. Some physicians or patients may … Continue reading »

Your Lip Augmentation: Fat Transfer or Fillers?

Lips with volume, definition, and smooth skin are common requests among lip augmentation patients in Washington, DC. Lips thin gradually with time, but can also be thin from a young age too. In addition, wrinkles develop around the lips and smile lines from volume loss and sun damage. Cosmetic enhancement of the lips and area around the mouth (smile lines) can be achieved with a variety of treatments. Facial fillers made with hyaluronic acid gels to plump the lips are available in every plastic surgeon’s office, which include JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and BELOTERO®. Gradually dissolving over time, these fillers offer results that last several … Continue reading »

The Mentalis Muscle in Chin Surgery

Patients who complain of a double chin or a weak chin are common in a facial cosmetic surgery practice. There are many reasons why one may have a weak chin. These patients may have been born with a weak chin or a double chin may gradually occur over time. For example, those with an overbite are predisposed to a double chin or weak chin. As with many aspects of plastic surgery, anatomic considerations are very important. One anatomic aspect of chin surgery that plastic surgeons consider is the mentalis muscle. What is the mentalis muscle? The mentalis muscle is located … Continue reading »

2.5 years after Upper Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty)

Despite the huge popularity of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments (ex. liquid facelift), surgery has not been replaced. Some facial areas still do better with surgery, especially for long-term results. Certain skin conditions, such as skin laxity or loose skin, are also better candidates for surgery. The upper eye area is one region that patients choose surgery commonly. Excess skin develops in the upper eyelid and the eyebrow droops gradually with time. The combination of these changes crowds the eye. The eyes can appear smaller, which may give the impression of fatigue, disinterest, or worried appearance to bystanders. Women may also complain of … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.