Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Nasal Splints in Rhinoplasty or Deviated Septum Surgery

Splints are commonly used in deviated septum or rhinoplasty surgery. Northern Virginia and Maryland patients often ask how long such nasal splints are used. Nasal splints may be internal or external. The external splint, or nasal cast, is gently removed one week after surgery. This cast helps to decrease nasal swelling after rhinoplasty, and maintain nasal alignment. The cast is tape to the cheek skin & should be kept dry until your followup with your plastic surgeon or rhinoplasty surgeon. Other methods to reduce nasal swelling with rhinoplasty was reviewed earlier. Internal nasal splints, which may or may not be … Continue reading »

More Wrinkles with Tanning & Sun Exposure

Everyone should know sun exposure contributes to facial aging and wrinkles over time. Even worse, sun damage is the leading cause of skin cancer. Tanning from either indoor beds or outside direct sun exposure is the most harmful, especially with sun burns and sensitive skin. Maryland skin care patients are always put on sun blocks routinely, from Botox Cosmetic to face lift surgery. While facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peel and skin care can help reduce sun damage, prevention by using a sun block and avoiding tanning is a better method to reduce wrinkles in the first place. Medical … Continue reading »

Cosmetic Surgeon Review Sites

Maryland face lift patients often go to the Internet, in addition to their close friends, to research plastic surgeons for cosmetic surgery. Nothing will ever beat a personal recommendation from a trusted person. However, several physician review sites exist that provide patient reviews for multiple physician specialties. Doctor review sites are just one component of the decision making process cosmetic patients should use to help determine their plastic surgeon for their facial cosmetic surgery. In Washington DC, successful facial cosmetic surgery is the result of many factors, including the cosmetic procedure itself. Good rapport must be developed between patient and … Continue reading »

Swelling & Edema after Cosmetic Surgery of the Face & Neck

Swelling after cosmetic surgery is expected, even when non-surgical (Botox Cosmetic) office treatments are performed. Plastic surgery swelling usually resolves within a few hours to a few weeks or longer, mostly dependant on the procedure performed. Cosmetic surgery patients may help reduce post-treatment swelling via a variety of methods. I’ve already talked about rhinoplasty swelling in a previous post. Many of those guidelines apply to other facial surgery, such as face lift, for my Maryland and northern Virginia patients. Other potential helpful factors which may help with postop cosmetic surgery swelling include the following reduce salt intake reduce ingesting processed … Continue reading »

Anesthesia for Injectable Fillers to Reduce Pain

Injectable fillers such as Restylane (hyaluronic acid), Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra are good options for various cosmetic enhancements for facial aging Washington area residents. Treatment areas vary for each product, including nasolabial / smile lines, marionette lines, cheek or midface augmentation, or lip enhancement. Some local anesthesia is generally required, since each filler is injected via a small needle. However, cosmetic treatment should not be very painful. Most Maryland facial plastic surgeons or dermatologists use a combination of anesthesia techniques to minimize discomfort. ice pack prior to procedure topical anesthesia cream on treated areas nerve or dental block with injection … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.