Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Nasolabial Lines: Plastic Surgery or Filler?

I’m only in my 20’s, but developing signs of aging. Do I need plastic surgery? No. Early, subtle signs of aging may become evident in patients who are in there 20’s or 30’s. The nasolabial lines or Crow’s feet may begin to show. The skin become thinner and less uniform in appearance. Volume loss and sagging tissue, which comes primarily from age, sun, and genetics, contribute to the gradual deepening of these facial lines. Initial treatment of these facial wrinkles is to (1) add volume, and/or (2) lift the cheek or mid face. Adding volume is done with a quick … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty before Traditional Nasal Surgery

Can I have a non-surgical nose job, if I’m thinking of getting a real rhinoplasty later? One should avoid any non-surgical rhinoplasty before traditional nasal surgery. Nasal injections themselves may have complications or side-effects that may interfere with future cosmetic rhinoplasty. Scar tissue may form and nasal cartilage may be altered with any procedure, even non-surgical rhinoplasty. Fat, silicone, or other specific injections should not be injected into the nose. However, certain products such as hyaluronic acid (Restylane and Juvederm) might be used if you wait at least over one year before rhinoplasty. Some residual injected material may still be … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Augment Bridge of Nose

What is the best material to build the bridge of the nose? There isn’t a best material. Your own tissue is usually a better material than synthetic implants (silicone, etc). Silicone implants in the nose are more likely to become infected and may extrude. Normally, cartilage such as ear, septal, or rib cartilage is used to augment the nasal bridge for rhinoplasty surgery. Cartilage is available from many places in your body for nasal surgery. Each tissue has its own strengths and weaknesses. The exact material used is largely based on the plastic surgeon’s and the patients preference. Keep in … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic Surgery after a Septoplasty?

Can one have a cosmetic rhinoplasty after already having a septoplasty? Yes One can have cosmetic rhinoplasty to alter the shape of the nose after septoplasty for a deviated septum. During the septoplasty procedure, deviated portions of bone and cartilage may be removed entirely or they may be readjusted and repositioned. This deviated septum surgery has different techniques and approaches, largely dependent on the anatomy of the nasal septum for each particular person. For a majority of patients, septoplasty surgery does not alter the external shape of the nose, since the deviated portions of cartilage and bone are usually internal. … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Age for Teen Nasal Surgery?

What is the right age for Teenage Rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty is a common plastic surgery request from teenagers, after otoplasty or scar revision. The teenager’s nose is relatively larger than the rest of their face during this time. Due to this facial imbalance or asymmetry, many teenagers pressure their parents for cosmetic surgery. Keep in mind that body parts that might appear too large or too small now can become more proportionate over time. The nose continues to grow as we age, but the largest rate of nasal growth occurs during teen years. Generally, this growth rate slows greatly at age … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.