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Reducing Neck Fat without Plastic Surgery

A double chin is a complaint of many Washington DC plastic surgery patients. Patients report fullness under the chin that is undesirable, and they want a more defined chin, neck, and jawline. With the rise of nonsurgical liquid lift treatments such as Botox® and facial fillers for the cheeks and eyes, patients often ask their plastic surgeon if nonsurgical procedures can improve a double chin too. Reasons for a double chin Excess neck fat is a main factor that leads to a double chin, also known as submental fullness. However, other anatomic components of the lower face and neck may contribute … Continue reading »

Your Lip Augmentation: Fat Transfer or Fillers?

Lips with volume, definition, and smooth skin are common requests among lip augmentation patients in Washington, DC. Lips thin gradually with time, but can also be thin from a young age too. In addition, wrinkles develop around the lips and smile lines from volume loss and sun damage. Cosmetic enhancement of the lips and area around the mouth (smile lines) can be achieved with a variety of treatments. Facial fillers made with hyaluronic acid gels to plump the lips are available in every plastic surgeon’s office, which include JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and BELOTERO®. Gradually dissolving over time, these fillers offer results that last several … Continue reading »

Neck lift vs. Facelift Cosmetic Surgery

Traditionally, many often think that a surgical facelift is required to significantly improve one’s appearance. Office injections with Botox® and facial fillers can achieve temporary changes as part of a liquid facelift or nonsurgical facelift, but cosmetic surgery is required for a long-lasting and dramatic improvement. More importantly, patients with significant skin laxity need cosmetic surgery to reduce excess skin, as nonsurgical treatments tend be suboptimal. Plastic surgeons refer to a facelift and neck lift as surgical procedures of the lower face and neck. Confusion may arise between these two cosmetic procedures as they both cover similar areas and can have significant improvements to saggy … Continue reading »

Make your Botox and filler last longer

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as a liquid lift, are popular for a many reasons. These office treatments with Botox® and Restylane® can be performed quickly with minimal, if any, downtime. One downside to non-surgical procedures, as compared to plastic surgery, is that they are not permanent. Depending on the specific treatment and patient, liquid lift procedures should be repeated every few months to maintain desired result. For example, Washington DC Botox patients come every three to four months, while lip injection patients may typically return every six months. What can one do to possibly help the duration of the aesthetic results after these non-surgical … Continue reading »

5 Facial Plastic Surgery procedures to Avoid

Facial plastic surgery can restore and enhance your appearance and is generally considered safe and effective when performed by a board-certified surgeon on healthy patients with realistic expectations. However, not every aesthetic procedure is considered appropriate. Many factors goes into the decision in performing cosmetic surgery by plastic surgeons. Safety is the primary factor, but recovery and effectiveness are also considered. Lastly, plastic surgeons and their patients want the results to be natural. Some reasons to avoid facial plastic surgery may include higher risk of complications, unnatural results, or simply not worth the time and financial investment. Below are some facial procedures to avoid. … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.