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What to Expect during your first Botox® visit

Taking the first step and visiting a plastic surgeon can bring a certain level of anxiety in some cosmetic surgery patients. Some patients may not be sure what they need in order to look better and don’t want to appear uninformed in the office. Some may feel embarrassed or not be comfortable sharing their concerns with someone other than their significant other. Others may be apprehensive that the plastic surgeon may only recommend surgical procedures instead of nonsurgical treatments. After basic skin care, Botox is one of the earliest treatments patients consider to rejuvenate their appearance. It’s the first step for many. … Continue reading »

The End to Antiaging

The term antiaging is out, as promoted by the beauty publication Allure. Problems with Antiaging What’s the problem with anti-aging? First, this language of antiaging is often vague. Various creams, peels, injections, devices, and cosmetic treatments claim to be anti-aging. What does antiaging actually mean? Less eye bags, lifted skin, smoother wrinkles, etc? We know that even young patients can have dark circles, wrinkles, and eye bags. They don’t need to be “antiaged”. Second, and more importantly, the term may also constitute age shaming or ageism. Antiaging implies that aging itself is something to avoid. However, as we know, growing older … Continue reading »

Can Cosmetic Surgery help you Quit Smoking?

Even with the common knowledge that smoking (and vaping) is bad for your health, quitting smoking is difficult for many people. Recent research suggests that cosmetic surgery may help convince some patients to quit for good, if not at least reduce the smoking habit. Smoking predisposes you to facial aging First, smoking makes you look older. Many factors, such as sun damage, prematurely age you. Plastic surgeons have stressed the importance of preventative techniques to limit skin damage and to maintain a youthful and energetic appearance. Basic skin care involves adequate hydration, sleep, and sun protection. It also includes not smoking. For … Continue reading »

July 2017 Newsletter

It’s finally summer, which means that your social calendar is likely pretty packed. Between hopping from graduations to weddings to barbecues and more, you may be considering cosmetic treatments to help you look your best. While wrinkle relaxers (like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®) are great for smoothing out forehead lines, they can be used for so much more, including: Reducing excessive sweating: During the summer, many people are worried about excessive sweating. Muscle relaxers can help! The active ingredient in muscle relaxers can block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for activating sweat glands, which reduces the amount of … Continue reading »

Will the iPhone® X recognize you after Plastic Surgery?

*The views expressed in this article are my own and based only on an initial read of publicly available descriptions of the iPhone X. The blog is for entertainment and informational. I am not a professional or expert in technology, but look forward to learning more about this technology in the near future. Botox® and iPhones are very popular. Now these two phenomena will interface in an unusual way with Apple’s latest iPhone X. Among other technological features, the iPhone X has the ability with its front cameras and software to recognize its owner. The phone apparently not only examines the appearance of your face … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.