Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Torn Ear Lobe: What can be done?

A common problem for many women are stretched, damaged, or torn earlobes. Since large earrings are so fashionable, plastic surgeons see many patients requesting aesthetic ear lobe improvement. Earlobe injuries occur from various types of trauma — most commonly from wearing pierced earrings. In some cases, it’s a very elongated hole from the prolonged weight of heavy earrings. In other cases, there is a complete tear through the earlobe. Cosmetic and reconstructive ear lobe problems can be repaired in a simple office procedure performed under local anesthesia that typically takes a few minutes. The incisions are usually closed with very … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Bump on Bridge after Cosmetic Surgery

Bumps on the bridge of the nose after rhinoplasty are not uncommon. Early bumps and irregularities, which may last several months, are usually due to swelling of the nasal tissues (skin, muscle, and periosteum). Bumps that persist beyond a year may represent additional bone and/or cartilage that won’t go away on its own. Patients with very large bumps prior to rhinoplasty usually have the most swelling. Large nasal bumps or individuals with a history of traumatic facial injuries or a broken nose may require more than one operation to create a smooth, straight profile. Small bumps or irregularities that develop immediately … Continue reading »

Brow Lift: Correcting Asymmetry

Treatment options are available to treat asymmetric eyebrows. Botox Cosmetic is a great option to help adjust brow height a little bit, to produce a more symmetric eyebrow. It is better at lowering a brow, than elevating. Results with Botox may vary and last several months. Endoscopic facial surgery is the next option. Brow asymmetry may be treated by endoscopic approach, or alternatively a traditional open approach. Most surgeons perform endoscopic brow lifts currently, but brow position is better controlled with an open or direct approach. Lastly, everyone has some degree of asymmetry to the face, especially the eyes and … Continue reading »

Lip Augmentation: Avoiding Big Lips and Trout Pout

Big lips after cosmetic injections? Try not to panick, and give it time. Lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid injectable fillers such has Restylane or Juvederm is common today. Fewer cosmetic specialists are using collagen for lip enhancement. The lip naturally swells & bruises from the injection. Most of the swelling, which contributes to the trout pout, goes down within a day or so, but sometimes longer. Lip exercises and ice packs help reduce the swelling. After several days, if you are still unhappy with the lip size, you have 2 options after hyaluronic acid injection. Either wait it out, as … Continue reading »

Med Spa: Which Lip Augmentation passes the Kiss test?

Soft, full, natural looking and feeling lips is possible with lip augmentation. Regardless of lip enhancement method, it must pass the Kiss test. Your partner should not notice an unnatural texture to your lips after augmentation. Both Juvederm and Restylane are clear gels that are given in the office with local anesthesia and last several months. These injectable fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a natural material found in the dermis. Both Juvederm and Restylane are soft to touch and pass the Kiss test. You should not look like a porn star, unless you have large volumes injected into the … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.