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Botox away your Resting Bitch Face

“Why don’t you smile more? You don’t seem happy.” Not just a name, but resting bitch face (RBF) is an actual “condition” which has been studied. RBF, also known as Bitchy Resting Face or Resting Angry Face, has been popularized (intentionally or unintentionally) by celebrities such as Anna Kendrick, Anna Paquin, and Kristen Stewart. RBF gives others looking at you the perception that you’re feeling bored, angry, irritated, or skeptical. If you don’t want to convey these emotions, then RBF could be problematic. “Are you O.K? Is something wrong?” Behavioral scientists studied the question of why some faces appear expressionless or neutral, but … Continue reading »

Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery may modify skin, muscle, and/or fat

Cosmetic surgery of the upper face and eyes is generally considered earlier as compared to the lower face. For many, the eyes show the signs of age first. Wrinkles, loose skin, excess fat, and sagging tissue may create a hooded appearance and smaller eyes. Patients often ask to remove all the excess tissue. However, plastic surgeons carefully modify the skin, muscle, and/or fat of the upper eyelid for a rejuvenated appearance. Wrinkle relaxers, such as Botox® and Dysport®, can smooth the wrinkles around the eyes and slightly lift the brow. However, non-surgical treatments in the office don’t directly address eyelid skin, muscle, or fat. In addition, results … Continue reading »

Natural methods to reduce swelling after plastic surgery

Plastic surgery patients should expect a certain degree of swelling (edema) after cosmetic surgery. Even non-surgical liquid lift patients with Botox® or Restylane® may have some swelling. Fortunately, swelling after plastic surgery usually resolves with time. Cosmetic surgery patients may proactively help reduce post-treatment swelling via a variety of natural methods. We’ve reviewed rhinoplasty swelling in a previous post. Swelling after plastic surgery lasts for several months, even up to a year or longer, depending on multiple factors. Fortunately, a majority of the swelling resolves soon after plastic surgery. Typically, only the patient may notice residual swelling, as the area operated upon doesn’t normally draw attention from friends, family, or strangers after … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical facelift with threads

Many cosmetic patients want to lift their face, neck, cheeks, and eyes. However, some patients are averse to or not appropriate candidates for facial surgery. Alternative options such as wrinkles relaxers and facial fillers can improve one’s appearance without surgery, but these don’t really lift skin like surgery does. Patients’ desire for less downtime after plastic surgery has some plastic surgeons and dermatologists using threads or sutures to lift the skin without surgery. But do threads work? What is a thread lift? Thread lift procedures are an alternative to facelift surgery, which may provide a temporary solution to improving one’s appearance. The idea is to “lift” … Continue reading »

Facial fat injections for a rejuvenated appearance

Everyone wants to look their best and visit a plastic surgeon’s office to review options. While most consider facelift surgery as the most dramatic method to improve one’s appearance, facial fat injections alone or in combination with facelift surgery is an important procedure to consider for facial rejuvenation. What is fat injection? We’ve previously reviewed facial fat injection, also known as fat transfer. Your own fat is obtained via liposuction from the abdomen or thighs and reinjected into desired areas. The fat transfer procedure itself usually takes less than hour. Fat transfer procedures fall under the general term of liquid facelift. What areas … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.