Potomac Plastic Surgery® Blog

Chemical Peel: When Can I Excercise?

Each resurfacing procedure and individual patient vary, so there isn’t a single answer. Most resurfacing procedures (laser, CO2, chemical peel) may be superficial to medium depth in the skin. Deeper resurfacing is less commonly used. Depending on the actual depth of peel, healing may be anywhere from a couple days to a week or more. Regardless, I tell all patients who have a superficial peel to avoid anything that raises blood pressure or pulse for 1 week, and medium depth peels 2 weeks at minimum. This activity restriction includes aerobics, yoga, exercise, heavy lifting, and sex. Sweating and body heat … Continue reading »

Botox Cosmetic: Visual Complications

Botox Cosmetic is a great and simple treatment for facial wrinkles, and restoring a youthful appearance in men and women. However, Botox Cosmetic does have potential complications. Botox Cosmetic migrates a little bit away from the injection site, like a drop of water in the pool. As a result, Botox may affect facial muscles not intended. Injections around the eyes, which are helpful for wrinkle reduction, may spread to a muscle responsible for lifting the upper eyelid, called the levator. This migration occurs with anyone who injects Botox, including dermatologist, facial plastic surgeons, and cosmetic specialists. Ptosis, otherwise known as … Continue reading »

Upper Blepharoplasty Complications: Swelling and Redness

Swelling of the upper eyelid incision may likely represent a localized cyst, either from a trapped suture deep in the skin or trapped epithelium under the skin. More concerning causes for this swelling may be infection / abscess or early scarring. Redness and swelling may also occur from topical ointments, either as an allergic reaction or secondary fungal infection. Most expected swelling and redness after blepharoplasty usually only lasts a short period time. Redness and erythema resolves more quickly than swelling. Treatment of redness and swelling following blepharoplasty is relatively minor which may include a stopping topical ointments, minor revision … Continue reading »

Chemical Peel: Does uneven healing suggest uneven results?

No. But keep a close eye on your skin. Uneven redness and healing is not uncommon after chemical peels. Different areas of the face and neck heal at varying rates, largely based on the thickness of the skin. Thicker skin of the nose or forehead may recovery much faster than the thin skin of the lower eyelids. In addition, different areas of the face & neck area have received different degrees of sun damage. Areas of more sun damage will appear more red and irritated during the recovery period following a peel. Although uneven application of a chemical peel might … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty swelling: How long should it last?

Rhinoplasty swelling occurs both on the outside and inside of the nose. It is normal to feel congested and have nasal obstruction and postnasal drip immediately after rhinoplasty surgery. Patients are generally “restaurant ready” and socially acceptable within 2 weeks. Most swelling after rhinoplasty resolves within a month. The final 20% of swelling takes a much longer time to resolve, up to a year or longer after surgery. Fortunately, this final swelling is usually only evident to the surgeon and patient. Rhinoplasty swelling varies greatly and is largely based on the areas of the nose treated, surgical approach to the … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.