Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Brow Lift: What causes Droopy Eyebrows?

Most eyebrows naturally droop or descend with age. The skin and connective tissue around the eyes and eyebrows weaken, which makes them drop. The side of the eyebrows tend to drop more than the part of the brow near the nose. Age-related eyebrow changes usually become apparent around 40-years old, but sometimes earlier. The modern cosmetic surgery technique of the endoscopic brow lift offers several advantages over the conventional brow lift. One other common cause of droopy eyebrows is congenital or genetic. Do your siblings, parents, or other family members have droopy eyebrows? Don’t forget than everyone has an asymmetric … Continue reading »

Face Lift Incisions: Which is Best?

Facelift and neck lift surgery has a long a history, with numerous incisions described in the medical literature for facial rejuvenation. Incisions have been in and around the scalp, neck, jawline, ears, forehead, and chin. Modern face lift surgery primarily focuses the incision around the ear, eventhough the neck and lower neck has the excess skin and fat. The facelift incision may be anywhere from the temple & side burns, around the ear, and upper neck. The incision varies largely based on the age of the patient and how much lift an individual needs. The plastic surgeon will minimize the … Continue reading »

Face Lift Surgery: Mini or Short Scar or SMAS?

A minimal lift for the lower face and neck is a great option with the least downtime for facial rejuvenation. There are many minimally invasive facelift options for the neck and face, which go by several names: s lift, mini lift, short scar lift, macs lift, SMAS, lunchtime lift, etc. These face lift surgery names are confusing. Technically, all these face lift procedures differ a little, but cosmetic results are the same. Best cosmetic results for face lift surgery in northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC usually combine the facelift with another procedure, such as fat grafting, skin care, skin … Continue reading »

Cheeks: What can be done?

Plastic surgery patients in DC, northern Virginia have many options for sunken, hollow cheeks and the midface area. Although age and sun damage are the biggest contributing factors, many patients on HIV medications have a condition called facial lipodystrophy, which also causes hollow cheeks. Regardless of the exact method, the aesthetic treatment is for cheek indentations is augmentation. Fortunately, one has many options to add volume to sunken cheeks. More temporary injectable fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse, last several months by augmenting the skin. The cosmetic facial treatments must be repeated, but injections are simple office procedures with … Continue reading »

Insurance vs. Patient Care: When Patients Loose

I was just sent this article on a patient I had treated. It’s a reminder of the poor quality and bureaucracy of health insurance in the United States. Physicians are fighting everyday to get health care covered for their patients, whether it is tests, medications, specialist referrals, or surgical procedures. My office and I call insurance providers regularly to try to get patients the care they require. This constant struggle is frustrating for patient and physician, and not what I expected when in medical school.

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.