Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

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 »

Botox Cosmetic: What about Pregnancy?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a very common cosmetic procedure, especially in young woman of child-bearing age. A concern which always comes up is the timing of Botox around pregnancy. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a category C medicine, based on animal pregnancy studies. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of BOTOX® Cosmetic in pregnant women. BOTOX® Cosmetic becomes most active within 2 weeks after injection. Cosmetic results from Botox are typically 4 months, while some patients may have longer aesthetic benefits. The current recommendation is not to have any elective procedure, including Botox, if you are pregnant or about to become pregnant, … Continue reading »

Septoplasty: What is in my nose after surgery?

Septoplasty, deviated septum surgery, is one of the most common surgeries in the face and nose areas. A deviated septum is present in most patients, although some may not realize it. Septoplasty is an outpatient and relatively simple procedure. Patients with severely deviated septums, revision septoplasty, prior facial trauma, prior nasal surgery or rhinoplasty, or history of cocaine use may have more complicated surgery and recovery period, as compared to a routine septoplasty. Almost always there is enough natural internal nasal lining (skin or mucous membrane) that covers the septum. Many surgeons place silicone sheet inside the nose to temporarily … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.