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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 »

Botox® or Filler for forehead lines (or both!)

Forehead lines can be some of the first wrinkles patients notice. Wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes may make one look tired or angry. Smoother skin is goal for others seeking treatment. Regardless of the reasons treatment, improving forehead lines is common in a cosmetic surgery practice. Botox for forehead lines Botox has been the most popular treatment to soften forehead wrinkles for years. Another more recent option is Dysport®, which works in a similar fashion. Both of these treat wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that contribute to wrinkles. Once the muscle is relaxed, the skin relaxes and … Continue reading »

Top 5 Plastic Surgery blog posts for 2017

People love to read about plastic surgery. Our office has seen a continued increase in popularity in a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical. From eyelid surgery to liquid facelift, patients want to learn how to enhance their appearance. Below are the five most popular cosmetic surgery posts of 2017 from our blog. Washington DC residents love Botox®, as it has edged out other top posts this past year. How to Get Rid of a Buffalo Hump, excess fat behind the neck Patients develop excess fullness behind the neck, otherwise known as buffalo hump or widow’s hump, … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.