Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Eyelid Surgery: Thyroid Affect Bags?

Can the thyroid gland affect facial appearance? Yes. All thyroid conditions may affect one’s appearance. Thyroid disorders, either elevated/hyper or low/hypo, changes all tissue: mucous membranes, skin, hair, muscle, and bone. Most patients have under active thyroid gland, which may contribute to increase aged appearance. For some thyroid patients, they may have increased under eye bags with a tired appearance, or eyes which seem to pop out of their head. Most plastic surgeons performing eyelid surgery will evaluate for thyroid condition, in addition to allergies, prior to any facial cosmetic surgery. It is very difficult to determine, however, how much … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: After Having Septoplasty?

Is rhinoplasty after already having a septoplasty a more complicated procedure? Yes, in general, rhinoplasty after a septoplasty is more complicated. Cosmetic nose job surgery complexity largely depends on exactly what was performed in the original deviated septum surgery, your specific nasal anatomy, and the desired results from cosmetic nasal surgery. Only after a comprehensive examination by a nasal cosmetic surgeon, can he/she be able determine the complexity of rhinoplasty in your particular case. Both septoplasty and rhinoplasty may be “minor” or “major” procedures. There are many variations is each procedure. Having one performed prior to another may make the … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Plastic Surgeon or Facial Plastic Surgeon?

Does it make a difference who does my rhinoplasty? Cosmetic rhinoplasty patients should look at many things when considering elective cosmetic surgery, not just the specific board certification. Both plastic surgeons have training and may perform rhinoplasty. Some surgeons may have a particular interest in rhinoplasty surgery, while other plastic surgeons have other aesthetic interests. Speak with more than one surgeon for consultation. Only after discussing your specific rhinoplasty are you able to make an informed decision.

Rhinoplasty: Allergies affect Results?

I rub my nose a lot from allergies. Can this affect my rhinoplasty results? Patients undergoing rhinoplasty surgery (nose job) should not be sneezing, rubbing, or wrinkling their nose after cosmetic surgery. Rhinitis, swelling of the internal nose, may be from allergies or irritants. Patients should have rhinitis controlled as much as possible before the elective, cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery. A combination of once daily nasal saline irrigation and nasal steroid spray should help reduce nasal irritation. Another option is to have Botox cosmetic injected into the “bunny” lines of the nose. Botox will relax those nasal muscles, and may prevent … Continue reading »

Computer Imaging in Plastic Surgery

Are the pictures on the plastic surgeon’s website real??? It depends on the website & the surgeon. Photographs and images on websites should be properly labeled as actual patients or models. Photographs, either online or in-person, may be misleading, due to variations in lighting, patient position, photo angle, camera, makeup, or computer manipulation. It is relatively easy to simulate plastic surgery on the computer. Simple digital imaging software can provide before and after pictures of plastic surgery. Some surgeons simulate surgery with patients in-person, while some plastic surgeons recommend a followup appointment to review computer imaging. Anyone considering facial plastic … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.