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Fillers to Reshape the Nose without Surgery

After liposuction, rhinoplasty and septoplasty are common cosmetic surgical procedures worldwide, especially in younger patients. However, not everyone is a candidate or wants surgery. As liquid lift procedures with facial fillers and wrinkle relaxers have grown in popularity, plastic surgeons have developed an alternative approach to reshape the nose in appropriate patients. Facial Fillers A tremendous variety of facial fillers are available to a cosmetic surgeon to rejuvenate the face, with hyaluronic acid fillers being the most popular. Restylane® and Belotero® are examples of hyaluronic acid fillers that rhinoplasty surgeons may use to reshape the nose without surgery. Downtime is minimal after a liquid … Continue reading »

The Frontalis Muscle in Plastic Surgery

Patients who complain of forehead lines are common in a facial cosmetic surgery practice. There are many reasons why one may have these wrinkles. Patients may have spent too much time in the sun and developed wrinkles gradually occur over time from sun damage. Others may have droopy or heavy eyebrows with muscle tension. Genetics also plays in role in the appearance of forehead wrinkles. As with many aspects of plastic surgery, anatomic considerations are very important. One anatomic aspect of facial procedures that plastic surgeons consider is the frontalis muscle. What is the frontalis muscle? The frontalis muscle is … Continue reading »

Nonsurgical Millennial Makeover in Plastic Surgery

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are the younger patients in a cosmetic surgery practice. Everyone wants to look their best regardless of age. Millennials have some overlapping and specific needs relative to other generations. While they don’t need a facelift, plastic surgeons have seen more millennials coming to the office for a number of reasons. Some want to enhance their existing appearance, ex. bigger lips. Others may want to prevent future wrinkles, ex. forehead lines. Lastly, some natural age-related changes to the face may be present from a young age on certain individuals, ex. relative volume deficiency. Certain surgical … Continue reading »

Revision Eyelid Surgery in Asian Patient

What is Eyelid Surgery? Cosmetic eyelid surgery (i.e. blepharoplasty) of the upper and/or lower eyelids helps rejuvenate one’s appearance. Often patients report appearing “tired” or “low energy”, when in fact they are full of energy. The facial appearance of some patients doesn’t match to how they actually feel and subsequently seek consultation with a cosmetic surgeon to explore potential options. Eyelid surgery can deal with the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, and/or brow for aesthetic improvement. Excess skin and fat is often conservatively reduced, sagging muscle may be tightened, and droopy tissue can be lifted. Read more about eyelid surgery in … Continue reading »

Belotero®, a facial filler for nonsurgical rejuvenation

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures include a broad range of services, from chemical peels to laser treatments. The most popular nonsurgical treatments, however, involve a liquid facelift. Often referred to as a “lunch time lift”, busy professionals in Washington DC frequently visit a plastic surgeon’s office to get these nonsurgical facelift type procedures. Keep in mind that loose skin still often requires surgery with a facelift, the nonsurgical treatments can be started at a younger age, may help “hold off” the facelift, or be continued after facial surgery to help maintain a rejuvenated appearance. What are facial fillers in a liquid facelift? Every year … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.