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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not happy with the results of my nose job and will need to have a revision rhinoplasty. I believe I'm going to need some sort of graft used and I would like to know what the difference is between artificial and natural implants and what their pros and cons are.

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I always try to use a natural implant in the form of a nasal septal cartilage graft or an ear cartilage graft. Cartilage can easily be carved and shaped and used to modify t…

Is it true that injectable fillers can be used for a nose job without the surgery? What changes can be made to the nose this way?

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Injectable fillers can be used to provide minor contour chances to the nose, but I do not feel that fillers are an alternative to rhinoplasty surgery. Fillers are helpful in…

I'm of Chinese descent and looking to get a nose job. Is it fairly common in Asian rhinoplasty to perform chin augmentation at the same time?

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It is not uncommon to perform a chin augmentation at the same time as rhinoplasty in those patients who have a weak chin. Most patients undergoing rhinoplasty do not require…

I recently read that dermabrasion has pretty much been replaced by laser resurfacing. Is this true? Are there ever times when dermabrasion is a better option?

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I perform laser resurfacing more often than dermabrasion, but it has not completely replaced that procedure. Laser resurfacing is valuable for treating the entire face to im…

I'm 37 and there are a few things about my face that I'd like to improve. I figure that I'm probably on the young side to be considering a facelift, though I am bothered by the aging changes in my face. Are there ever benefits to getting a facelift early on or is it better at my age to consider other options like injectables?

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Facelift procedures are usually performed on patients beginning in their upper forties and fifties. In younger patients, other procedures such as Botox and injectable filler…

What are some options available for non-surgical alternatives to the traditional facelift? What exactly can be done with less invasive methods and how effective are they?

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In patients who have facial wrinkles due to soft tissue volume loss, fat auto transplantation is an alternative to traditional facelift. Fat injection is a significant par…

I'm considering a chin implant and would like to know what my options are for the implants themselves and what they're made of.

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Chin augmentation can be achieved by placing an implant or by advancing a segment of mandibular bone forward. A variety of implants are available for use, but I use a prefor…

I'm in my late 20s and I'm considering a browlift which I know sounds crazy because of my age. However, I have very droopy eyebrows which I think are hereditary. Is it possible to get a browlift at my age?

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It is possible to get a browlift at your age, but it is not very common. Persons with a family history of droopy brows usually do request earlier treatment for this conditio…

A friend of mine recently had a chemical peel and she looks fabulous, though I'm not sure what exactly she had. Can you describe some of the different chemical peel options that are available and what they treat?

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Chemical peels are classified based on the depth of penetration--superficial, medium, or deep. There are numerous superficial peel agents, namely glycolic acids. Medium dep…

I recently heard of an alternative to Botox. I think it was called Dysport. What is this? Is it as effective as Botox and are there any advantages to using it over Botox?

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Dysport is a recently added alternative to Botox. However, I currently only use Botox because I believe that it is a better product. …