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Repairing Gauge or Stretched Earlobes with Plastic Surgery

Some men and women consider repairing or reversing gauge earlobes, such as for required for certain work or for personal reasons. After stretching the earlobe, these patients want the gauge hole and earlobe to shrink back to normal size. Unfortunately, the earlobe doesn’t necessarily come back down to pre-gauge dimensions. Stretching the skin beyond 10 mm is considered “point of no return” where the earlobe will not close to a standard piercing size. Patients with such gauge earlobes will need plastic surgery for repair. Plastic surgeons refer to such procedures as split, torn, or stretched ear repair surgery. Gauge or … Continue reading »

Minimizing Scars in Chin Augmentation Surgery

Patients with submental fullness consider many possible neck procedures to reduce a double chin. Except for some nonsurgical treatments such as Kybella® and facial fillers, chin plastic surgery will involve incisions. All double chin surgery options for submental fullness will have a scar, including neck liposuction, chin augmentation, facelift, and neck lift. Although patients are concerned about scarring, the appearance of potential chin scars are generally not noticeable nor bothersome. Where do plastic surgeons place the chin augmentation incision? Regardless of the chin augmentation method (implant or bone advancement) or implant material (ex. silicone), chin augmentation will have a scar either outside … Continue reading »

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 »

See Real Eyelid Surgery and Brow Lift Results After 4 Years

My prospective plastic surgery patients often ask about the eyes, as the eyes are the first area of the face that one notices. Additionally, the eyes are a universal sign of health and beauty across the world. Subsequently, cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) are popular here in Washington DC and throughout the country. For many men and women, the first signs of wrinkling may start to appear around the eyes. These tissue changes can start in the 30s and progress more rapidly for those with excess sun damage. The eyes become gradually smaller, narrower, or tired-looking with time. Surface … Continue reading »

How to Reduce Swelling After a Filler Treatment

Swelling, along with bruising, are common concerns among surgical patients. While swelling, also called edema, is expected after surgery, nonsurgical liquid lift patients here in Washington DC who are treated with JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® fillers should anticipate a certain degree of swelling too. Swelling after facial filler injections may last a few hours or day, possibly longer, depending on multiple factors. Delayed swelling may also occur after the initial injection due to water attraction from the filler. A majority of fillers, such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane, are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a gel that can attract and hold water similar … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.