Potomac Plastic Surgery Blog

Treatment for Tired, Puffy Eyes?

Tired, droopy, puffy eyelids are a common complaint of many seeking plastic surgery. However, before proceeding with any cosmetic procedure, a medical evaluation is required. Puffy eyelids are common with thyroid disorders. It is important that your thyroid hormones are stable before considering any plastic surgery. Allergies are another medical condition which contributes to the appearance of tired/puffy eyelids. Ensure any allergies are controlled as well. Speak to your endocrinologist and allergy specialist before speaking to a plastic surgeon. Blepharoplasty, cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the US and may be … Continue reading »

Forehead Lifts: Are Endobrows Better?

A forehead lift, regardless of exact method, elevates the forehead and eyebrows. Each method of surgery requires some form of anesthesia, either general or IV sedation (twilight). Both have similar cosmetic outcomes. The difference between a traditional forehead lift and an endoscopic brow lift is the approach, or surgical access, to the brow area. Traditional forehead lifts made a long incision either right at the hairline, or just behind the hairline. This approach allows greater degree of control to brow position. Disadvantages are the longer incision, longer operative time, itching, and higher risk of hair loss. Endoscopic brow lift, or … Continue reading »

Makeup After a Chemical Peel?

A common question with chemical peels, or any laser resurfacing procedure for wrinkle reduction. The answer largely depends on the depth of the chemical peel and the rate at which your skin heals following the cosmetic procedure. You want to minimize skin irritation after any peel or resurfacing procedure. Lunchtime peels are generally very superficial peels, such as low strength glycolic acid. One may be able to start wearing makeup the next day. With deeper peels, your cosmetic surgeon will provide and recommend a guideline to help the healing process. Makeup can be usually be worn approximately 7 to 10 … Continue reading »

Cosmetic Surgery: How to get rid of bruise?

Any cosmetic surgery, procedure, or product has the potential to result in bruising, and skin discoloration. Luckily, most of this bruising is temporary and fades away in a few days or weeks. More extensive procedures may take longer to recover. What can one do to proactively minimize the bruising after cosmetic plastic surgery? To help have the best outcomes after plastic surgery, follow the basic guidelines below, whether you’re having a lunchtime cosmetic Botox injection, face lift, or a cosmetic rhinoplasty. Avoid Blood Thinners Makes sense, correct? But we are sometimes unaware that normal medications or herbs may cause bruising. … Continue reading »

Skin Care: The Basics

Skin care product companies generally do not promote the basics of skin care. They want you to purchase their products instead. But what good is their products without the basics in-place first? Don’t jump to Botox Cosmetic or a TCA chemical peel before starting with the skin basics. Patients in DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia follow these general guidelines for beautiful, natural skin for a lifetime. Sun Protection Skin damage from the sun is due to UV radiation, and occurs so slowly that we don’t realize how much damage occurs. Sun burns are extreme damage, and there is no such … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.