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10 things to know before getting lip injections

Collagen injections used to be the only way to plump up lips (other than fat injections or lip lift surgery) until hyaluronic acid fillers came along. These “lipstick in a syringe” fillers have essentially replaced collagen as the primarily method to enhance lips, in addition being used to augmenting cheeks, reducing wrinkles, and improving dark circles. The current hyaluronic acid fillers being used for lip injections by plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the US are Restylane,® Juvederm®, and Belotero®. Before getting your first lip injection with hyaluronic acid fillers, there are a few things you should be aware of: 1. There … Continue reading »

Plastic surgery to reverse signs of facial aging

  Gravity or drooping is only one aspect of looking older. Shrinking, shriveling, thinning, frowning, and discoloring play a role too in appearing older. Each of this varying aspects of facial aging play a different role in everyone. One may look older due to droopy eyes, while another has a “tired” appearance from sunken cheeks. In addition, each area ages differently. Dark circles and lower eyelid bags tend to develop much earlier, as compared to a droopy nasal tip. The above infographic on the aging face is from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, board certified surgeons who specialize in plastic … Continue reading »

Am I a good candidate for fat transfer for facial rejuvenation?

Fat transfer, also known as fat injection, is a popular option to rejuvenate the face, breasts, and buttocks. Patients like fat transfer procedures, since it uses one’s own fat to naturally augment a specific area. Fat transfer is a quick procedure, which may be performed by itself or combined with other procedures. What is the difference between fat transfer and fat injection? Cosmetic procedures with fat use many terms. All cosmetic surgery that includes placing fat into the face are essentially the same procedure. Fat is taken from one area via liposuction (ex. abdomen), then placed in another area that needs augmentation (ex. … Continue reading »

Loose skin. Why plastic surgery may be the best option

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation remains very popular in plastic surgery offices and continues to grow in popularity. Wrinkle relaxers (ex. Botox®) and facial fillers (ex. Restylane®) are the most popular options. However, has plastic surgery gone away? Not yet. There are non-surgical treatments to reduce fat (ex. Kybella®), soften wrinkles (ex. Botox®), plump lips (ex. Juvederm®), or fill dark circles (ex. Restylane®). However, there still isn’t a good non-surgical method to address loose skin. Skin laxity is one of many reasons patients still visit plastic surgeons. Whether it’s for the neck or eyes, plastic surgery remains the best option for patients with loose or sagging skin. … Continue reading »

Restylane® injections to improve lower eyelid bags without surgery

Facial fillers allow plastic surgeons to rejuvenate the face without plastic surgery. In addition to wrinkle relaxers (i.e. Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®), facial fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in plastic surgery offices. Facial fillers (also known as dermal fillers or wrinkle fillers) can achieve a “face lift” through a variety of methods such as reducing wrinkles, enhancing lips, and augmenting cheeks. The results with facial fillers can help maintain and/or refresh without the downtime of traditional plastic surgery. Facial fillers may be used before, after, or in addition to plastic surgery for each patient’s specific goals. Unlike … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.